After trading punter Andy Lee for a fourth-round pick this past week, they held an open competition between youngsters Kasey Redfern and Michael Palardy against the Chicago Bears. It did not go well, and after the game, head coach Hue Jackson indicted the team would be looking elsewhere for a new punter.
On Saturday, multiple reports say that the Browns have signed veteran punter Britton Colquitt:
Former Broncos punter Britton Colquitt is going to the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2016
Colquitt has spent the past six seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he was their franchise leader in gross average (45.2 yards per punt) and net average (39.1 yards per punt). Denver released Colquitt earlier this week, opting instead to go with rookie seventh-round pick Riley Dixon. Colquitt might not match the productivity that Lee had, but he’s still a very respectable option who will at least bring the consistency factor of not having to worry about 14-yard shank jobs.