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Report: Rookie Zane Gonzalez wins Browns kicking job, Cody Parkey released

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The veteran kicker should be able to find a job elsewhere.

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As we’re seeing with many of the Cleveland Browns’ roster cuts, the team is deciding to go with youth. Despite a close competition between rookie Zane Gonzalez and veteran Cody Parkey, the team has decided to keep their seventh-round pick and part ways with Parkey.

I thought Gonzalez was going to make the roster, but I took a chance in my roster projections yesterday that the club would try to keep Parkey temporarily to see if there were any trade suitors out there.

The good thing about Gonzalez is that he definitely has the leg to kick in the NFL. He hit a 56-yard field goal (see video here) during the one training camp practice I went to. In the final preseason game, he calmly drilled a 53-yard field goal (before promptly missing an extra point).

NOTE: Follow our Browns roster cut tracker for all of the latest transactions.