Browns pick Billy Cundiff as kicker

Browns pick Billy Cundiff as kicker
September 3, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Look who’s back in the AFC North: Billy Cundiff.

The former Ravens kicker, ingrained in the memory of every Baltimore fan for his shanked kick that cost the Ravens the 2011 AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, has been signed by the Browns.

Cleveland emerged from the preseason with no place-kicker. Reliable Phil Dawson had left in the off-season, signing as a free agent with the 49ers. The Browns held a competition between Shayne Graham and Brandon Bogotay. Then, on Cutdown Saturday, they got rid of both of them.

Cundiff, like a lot of kickers, has bounced around. Since entering the NFL in 2002, he has played for five teams, including about one-third of a season with Cleveland before joining the Ravens in 2009. Last season, he was with the 49ers (for whom he tried no field goals) and the Redskins. Cunfiff was 7-for-12 with Washington, a dismal 58.3 percent.

Whatever the Browns’ problems over the years, Dawson hadn’t been one of them. In 13 seasons in Cleveland, he hit 84.0 percent of his attempts. Last year, at age 37, he made a career-best 93.5 percent, including 7-for-7 from 50-plus yards.

The Browns won’t get that from Cundiff. For his career, he is 5-for-23 from 50 and beyond.

It does make you wonder whether he will last the season in Cleveland.