Browns sign Shayne Graham

AP

The Browns have reached a deal with placekicker Shayne Graham, the team said Monday night.

Graham, 35, connected on 31-of-38 field goals in 16 regular-season games with Houston in 2012. He averaged 63.0 yards on 91 kickoffs (28 touchbacks).

Graham, who joins Brandon Bogotay as the Browns’ kicking options 10 days away from the draft, becomes the favorite to replace Phil Dawson, who signed with San Francisco earlier in the offseason. Also, his addition conceivably reduces some of the need for the Browns to add a rookie kicker with a draft pick. However, it’s possible they could still add to the position. According to Mike Garofolo of USA Today, Graham received a one-year, minimum-salary contract from Cleveland.

Graham’s calling card is his dependability on shorter kicks. He has hit 169-of-181 regular-season field goals from 39 yards and inward in his career — a 93.4 percent strike rate. However, he’s just 13-of-27 on regular-season field goals of 50 yards and longer, and kickoffs are not regarded as a strength.

5 responses to “Browns sign Shayne Graham

  1. I’m glad we signed Dawson and I’m still surprised the Browns let him go. Graham will not help them cuz Dawson made a lot of long field goals for them and that’s where he struggles

  2. This proves it was all about the money. He’s almost as old as Phil Dawson but not nearly as good. Joe Banner is a clown.

  3. So let me get this right, you pass on a dependable kicker who knows the crazy winds of the stadium AND is dependable from 50+ for a guy who cannot kick it long and is only 3 years younger? This is a bit beyond bonehead. Graham is great from under 40 yards, but these are the Browns, we need someone who can kick it when we can’t quite get close enough. If Kickalicious becomes a star I am going to a just a little peeved. Okay, more than a little.

  4. I’m thinking the brass figures they ARE going to be a better team and that they would be better off spending the money on players that will help us score 7 points instead of 3. Depending on field goals too much loses too many games. If we are better, we won’t need a star kicker.

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