McCrane was waived by the Browns on Tuesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. McCrane's exit creates a roster spot for fellow kicker Chase McLaughlin, whom the Browns claimed off waivers Monday. Cody Parkey remains the favorite to open the 2021 season as Cleveland's kicker.
McCrane signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns on Monday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. McCrane hasn't played since the 2018 season when he suited up in five games for the Cardinals, Steelers and Raiders, connecting on eight of 12 field-goal attempts and all nine extra-point tries. Cody Parkey likely is the front runner for the starting kicker job in 2021.
McCrane has been handling the kicking duties during practice with Cody Parkey (reserve/COVID-19) away from the team, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Parkey could return as soon as Saturday, but they must prepare for life without him Week 11 against Philadelphia. "We will just go out and do our deal, and Matt will be fine. Matt will do a great job for us if he has to play on Sunday," said Browns special teams coach Mike Priefer. McCrane hasn't kicked in a game since 2018, when he went 8-for-12 on field-goal attempts while playing for three different teams.
The Browns signed McCrane to the practice squad Tuesday. Austin Seibert was quickly cut after a whiff in Week 1, and Cody Parkey replaced him and was perfect in Week 2. McCrane is simply depth in case Parkey is hurt or hits a rough patch. However, McCrane hasn't played since 2018 when he made eight of 12 field goals over five games.
McCrane was let go by the Steelers on Thursday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. McCrane was signed by the Steelers prior to their Week 17 matchup with Cincinnati last season -- Chris Boswell was placed on injured reserve just before the transaction. The Kansas State product went on to make all three field-goal attempts (32, 35, 39) in their win. McCrane appeared in five games in the 2018 season -- three with Oakland, one with Arizona and one with Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old will now have the opportunity to look for a more long-term role with a new team.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||6.37|
|5||10/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||8.19|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|15||12/19||Las Vegas Raiders||27||8.88|
|16||12/25||@Green Bay Packers||10||6.72|