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Browns work out Derek Dimke, Thomas Weber


The Browns’ special teams could look far different in 2013.

At the very least, Cleveland will have a new placekicker, as Phil Dawson signed with the 49ers. What’s more, punter Reggie Hodges is an unrestricted free agent, as is returner /all-around special-teams standout Joshua Cribbs.

According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns worked out a pair of kickers with some NFL preseason experience on Friday — Thomas Weber, who has spent time with the Bengals; and Derek Dimke, who had a summer stint with the Lions. However, Ulrich reports that the club isn’t expected to add either kicker right now.

At present, the Browns don’t have a single kicker under contract, and they don’t have a punter with regular-season experience on the roster.

There are still several capable veteran placekickers available, with Steven Hauschka, Lawrence Tynes and Shayne Graham three notable options. The UFA punter market, however, has thinned. The draft is always a possibility; note that in Browns CEO Joe Banner’s last full season in Philadelphia in 2011, the Eagles went with rookies at punter and kicker.

The Browns have had some real lean seasons since last making the postseason way back in 2002, but in recent times, their special teams have usually been an asset, and Dawson, Cribbs and some solid coverage players had much to do with it. However, with a new coaching staff and executive team in place, changes could be coming to the Browns’ kicking game.

The question is, how will the Browns proceed?

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10 Responses to “Browns work out Derek Dimke, Thomas Weber”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    The Browns worked out RGIII on March 22, 2012 and would go on to pass the chance of drafting him. The rest as they say, is history. RGIII playoffs and OROY, Browns continue floundering.

  2. dms5150 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:46 PM

    Sign trickshot specialist Havard Rugland now!

  3. orlandodawg says: Mar 29, 2013 9:04 PM


  4. ytownjoe says: Mar 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    Dawson is going to the Super Bowl while the Browns continue on the road to . . .

  5. arcaero says: Mar 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    have any of you watch Rugland’s videos? No elevation. real easy to kick against air. OUT.

  6. dawgswillhunt says: Mar 29, 2013 11:21 PM

    The Browns won’t miss Cribbs as much as people think. He fumbles too much and he has lost a lot of the burst that made him so dangerous in the past. At this point in his career, his name is bigger than his game. But he sure was awesome back in 2007.

    Reggie Hodges is terrible, just terrible. He won’t be missed either.

    Dawson is a great kicker, though. I hope to see him kicking in the playoffs this year. It will be tough to replace a guy like that.

  7. charleslouis99 says: Mar 30, 2013 12:38 AM

    sign the kicker from Norway!

  8. bnn52 says: Mar 30, 2013 8:39 AM

    Will everyone get over the RG3 thing with the browns? Yes the guy has unbelievable talent and had an amazing rookie year, but the guy has had multiple knee procedures and most likely has a shelf life of maybe 5 years in the league. Good luck with that Washington

  9. brownsclown says: Mar 30, 2013 9:28 AM

    With Mike Lombardturd calling the shots in Cleveland (with assistance from the architect of the ‘dream team’-Joe Bummer) they could go in any direction, including not having a kicker.

  10. viachicago22 says: Mar 30, 2013 10:39 AM

    Dimke is good. He was great at Illinois. Surprised he hasn’t been playing on Sundays already.

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