Punter Spencer Lanning wasn't out of a job long. He has been signed by the Buccaneers three days after being waived by Cleveland.
Lanning averaged 44.3 yards a boot last season with a net of 39.2. Both numbers represented an improvement from 2013, but were not enough to keep him employed with the Browns.
The Browns have traded their seventh-round pick in 2017 to the 49ers for three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, the team announced on Saturday.
The team sent their seventh-round pick to the 49ers in order to secure Lee. In a corresponding move, the Browns released punter Spencer Lanning to make room on the roster for Lee.
“We’ve said all along that we are going to be deliberate in our pursuit to acquire talent that we feel can improve our roster,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “Andy Lee has consistently been a top punter in this league. We are excited to be able to add a punter of his caliber to our team.
“We wish Spencer the best. He has done a solid job for our team and has also been an outstanding representative for our organization off the field.”
Lee has averaged at least 46.2 yards per punt in every season since 2007, peaking at 50.9 in 2011. He had served in that capacity with San Francisco for the last 11 years, but the team used a fifth-round selection in the 2015 draft to take Clemson punter Bradley Pinion, signaling the end of Lee's tenure with the 49ers.
“I'm excited about my new start and becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns,” Lee said. “I've heard so many good things about the city of Cleveland and the loyalty and passion of the fans from my former teammate Phil Dawson. I've also heard some very positive things about the type of organization and team the Browns are building so my family and I are very much looking forward to becoming a part of it.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is not the only Browns player listed as questionable for the Sunday game against Baltimore. Second-year linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) has received the same designation.
All the other Browns on their Friday injury report aside from shelved running back Ben Tate (knee) are probable. They are wide receiver Travis Benjamin (knee), defensive ends Desmond Bryant (wrist) and John Hughes (hamstring), punter Spencer Lanning (shoulder), offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (ankle) and cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb).
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back <span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="396170" data-text="Willis McGahee" data-canon="Willis McGahee" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0"> (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).
The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip) and wide receiver Davone Bess (personal) are the lone questionables on the injury report released by the team on Friday.
The probables are linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder) and Eric Martin (illness), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf), tackles Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and Joe Thomas (back), punter Spencer Lanning (knee) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).
Three Browns have been designated as questionable for Sunday against Jacksonville, but none are starters. They are offensive lineman Martin Wallace (illness), tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring) and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant (back).
The probables are wide receiver Josh Cooper (illness), cornerback Buster Skrine (ribs), tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), running back Willis McGahee (knee), punter Spencer Lanning (knee) and linebacker Paul Kruger (finger).
The Browns are in good shape offensively as they prepare to host the visiting Steelers on Sunday. All but little-used tight end MarQueis Gray, who is out with a hamstring injury, are listed as probable.
The probables are running backs Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) and Willis McGahee (knee) and offensive linemen Jason Pinkston (ankle) and Mitchell Schwartz (toe). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) has the same designation.
Browns punter Spencer Lanning probably had his best game as a profession Sunday of Week 3 at Minnesota. Lanning played a major role in the game.
The punter found tight end Jordan Cameron for an 11-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the second quarter. He was 1 for 1 throwing the football for the score. Lanning was also needed to kick field goals later in the game after Billy Cundiff was injured.
Lanning kicked the extra point following the game-winning touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer to Cameron with less than a minute to play. Cleveland plays Cincinnati Week 4.
Spencer Lanning was the only punter left on the Browns Thursday after T.J. Conley was waived, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Lanning will remain the starter unless the team decides to bring in more competition. Lanning earned the job by averaging 45.8 yards a punt in eight preseason attempts.