The Browns got younger at the place-kicking position—by three years.
The team announced on the eve of the first minicamp that they had signed unrestricted free agent kicker Shayne Graham to an undisclosed contract.
Graham, 35, joins the Browns after kicking for the Texans last season. He has played 12 NFL seasons and ranks fifth in NFL history with an 85.4% success rate on field goals.
Graham is expected to compete with recently signed kicker Brandon Bogotay to replace Phil Dawson, who signed with the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent. Dawson turned 38 years old in January.
Graham started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2000 with the Saints. He has appeared in 155 career regular season games and converted on 245 of 297 field goal attempts and 368 of 373 (98.7%) PATs for 1,103 career points.
In 2012, Graham appeared in all 16 games with Houston and set a Texans’ franchise record with a career-high 138 points, which ranked fifth in the league. He connected on 31-of-38 (81.5%) field goal attempts and set a career-high with 28 touchbacks on kickoffs. Graham was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2005 season after he finished third in the NFL with 131 points, while connecting on 28 of 32 (87.6%) field goal attempts.
Graham played eight seasons (2003-09) with the Bengals and set Bengals’ records for points in a season (131 in 2005), field goals in a season (31 in 2007) and field goals in a single-game (7 in 2007).
He played his college football at Virginia Tech. He finished his collegiate career as conference’s career scoring leader with 371 points.