Browns sign veteran kicker Shayne Graham to one-year deal

By John Breech | CBSSports.com


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The Browns added veteran kicker Shayne Graham on Monday to replace departed Phil Dawson. (USATSI)

One month after losing kicker Phil Dawson to the 49ers in free agency, the Browns might have finally found his replacement: Shayne Graham. Cleveland signed the veteran kicker to a one-year, $940,000 deal on Monday.

Dawson had been the Browns placekicker since 1999, but he ended up leaving for San Francisco in mid-March, which put Cleveland in the market for a kicker.

The Browns will be the ninth team Graham has kicked for in his 12-year career. He has also spent time with Buffalo (2001), Carolina (2002), Cincinnati (2003-09), New England (2010), the Giants (2010), Miami (2011), Baltimore (2011) and Houston (2012).

Last season with the Texans, Graham connected on 31 of 38 field goals (81.6 percent) and scored a franchise record 138 points. Graham played a pivotal role in Houston's Wild Card victory over the Bengals, hitting four field goals in the Texans 19-13 win.

In his 12-year career, Graham has hit 85.4 percent of his field goals, ranking fifth all-time among kickers that have played for at least five seasons.

It doesn't appear that Graham will just be handed the kicking job in Cleveland. The team also signed former University of Georgia kicker Brandon Bogotay in early April.

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