Out with the old, and in with the new...who is also kind of the old.
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns made quick work to promote K Cody Parkey from their practice squad to the 53-man roster, in preparation for the team’s Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Source: The #Browns are signing K Cody Parkey to their 53-man roster, a sign he’ll kick on Thursday night.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2020
In the obvious corresponding move, that means the Browns have waived K Austin Seibert, who was a fifth round pick in 2019 and the kicker all of last season.
#Browns have waived Austin Seibert after missed extra point and FG, source tells clevelanddotcom— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 14, 2020
The Browns expressed confidence in Seibert throughout all of training camp, to the point where they didn’t even have another kicker in camp. Seibert was regularly nailing his kicks in camp, unless they were beyond 50 yards. In Week 1, though, Seibert missed an extra point after the team’s only touchdown, and then proceeded to miss a 41-yard field goal before the end of the first half. These were kicks on a beautiful weather day, mind you.
We’ll see if the Browns try to bring Seibert back on the practice squad after he clears waivers, or if this was the end of the road for him in Cleveland. Parkey was the Browns’ kicker for 14 games in 2016. He was Tennessee’s kicker for three weeks last season, connecting on 3-of-3 field goals and 5-of-5 extra points, but was released when their normal kicker, Ryan Succop, returned from injury. In his career, Parkey is 102-of-121 (84.3%) on field goals.