After working out trick-shot kicker Havard Rugland last week, the Cleveland Browns worked out two more kickers today, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Instead of trying out a cheap veteran, the team opted to continue looking for a youthful option by seeing what Derek Dimke and Thomas Weber had to offer.
Dimke was with the Detroit Lions in training camp last season. He connected on 2-of-2 field goals in the preseason, including a 41-yarder against the Browns (in Detroit), before being released. He never really had a chance at making the Lions' roster last season due to the legendary status of Jason Hansen. In an interview last season after he was released, Dimke said he understood why the Lions couldn't keep him, but that he would always be ready for when the next team called:
"I knew, at this point, this was Jason’s (Hanson) job," Dimke said in a phone interview later in the day. "I was talking to my parents about it, and they said what if I was kicking at Illinois for 20 years and I was still kicking well? Would I expect them to replace me? I don’t think so."
Unlike Dimke, Weber did not have a lot of success last season during the preseason. As a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, he went 0-for-2, missing two attempts from under 50 yards.
Now, with all of that in mind, Ulrich also said that, "A signing is not anticipated, the source said." The search for the replacement for Phil Dawson continues on.