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Browns sign veteran kicker Shayne Graham

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 15, 2013

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Kicker Shayne Graham became the front-runner to fill Phil Dawson's shoes Monday when the Browns signed him as an unrestricted free agent.

Graham received a one-year deal worth $940,000, the minimum salary for a player with at least 10 seasons of NFL experience.

Graham, 35, ranks fifth in NFL history with a field-goal percentage of 85.4 (245-of-297). A veteran of 12 seasons, Graham has played for eight teams.

Last season, Graham appeared in 16 regular-season games with the Houston Texans, made 31-of-38 field goals (81.5 percent) and set a career-high with 28 touchbacks on kickoffs. He also made all six of his field-goal attempts in the playoffs.

Graham entered the league in 2000 as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. He spent seven seasons kicking in the AFC North for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-09) and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2005 season. He finished that season third in the NFL with 131 points, a franchise record for the Bengals, and 28-of-32 (87.6 percent) on field goals.

Dawson, who had been with the Browns since their expansion season in 1999, signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.25 million with the San Francisco 49ers on March 19. Dawson, 38, made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season, connecting on 29-of-31 field goals.

Graham and Brandon Bogotay are the only kickers on the Browns’ roster. The team signed Bogotay on April 2.

Bogotay, 23, did not play in the NFL last season. He was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia (2009-11), serving as a backup to Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowler Blair Walsh. Bogotay handled kickoff duties at Georgia and had eight touchbacks in 29 attempts. He also made all seven of his career extra-point kicks. As a senior, he made 1-of-2 field goals.

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