Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/18/14
We now know who will be left with the difficult task of filling Pro Bowler and franchise staple Phil Dawson’s shoes. This evening, the Browns announced that they have signed kicker Shayne Graham to a contract. Graham is 35 and has kicked for 12 seasons with 8 different teams. His best seasons came with Cincinnati, where he played from 2003-2010, making the Pro Bowl in 2005. For his career, he has made 245-of-287 kicks (85.4%, good for 5th best all-time) and 368-of-373 PATs. In the 2010 Wild Card round, Graham missed two critical kicks for the Bengals in a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets, including a 28-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. Graham has a career-long make of 53 yards, but he is just 13-of-27 from 50+ in his career, including 4-of-9 in 2012. Last season with the Houston Texans, Graham made 31-of-38 field goal attempts and scored a career-high 138 points, making all 45 PATs as well. Dawson was allowed to hit the open market and signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers after 14 seasons with the Browns. He is the franchise’s second leading scorer all-time with 1,271 points, trailing only Lou Groza. He was 29-of-31 last season in his Pro Bowl campaign, including a perfect 7-for-7 in 50+ yard attempts. Dawson is 24-of-34 from 50+ in his career. Related: NFL Draft Rumors: Browns a “Wild Card” For QB Geno Smith

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