The Cleveland Browns have had their share of kicking issues in recent years.
So after watching 2019 draft pick Austin Seibert miss a field goal and PAT in a Week 1 loss against Baltimore, Cleveland is going in a different direction to cure its kickings woes.
And in doing so, they’re bringing back an old friend:
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
Cody Parkey is taking his talents to Cleveland. Technically, Parkey is taking his talents back to Cleveland.
Parkey kicked for Cleveland in 2016, where he made 80 percent of his field goals. It was a season in which he kicked for current Bears Special Teams Coach Chris Tabor. Parkey parlayed that solid season with the Browns into a one-year run in Miami, where he made 91 percent of his kicks. A year after that he signed with the Bears, where things took an unfortunate turn. Maybe going back to Cleveland is what he needs?
The 28-year-old kicker has had his share of tryouts since being released by Chicago in 2018, most recently with the Buccaneers earlier in the summer. It’s worth noting that if anyone should have an idea what Parkey might bring to the table, it’s the Browns. Not just because he’s kicked there in the past, but they’ve had coaches who have had eyes on him in recent years. Head Coach Kevin Stefanski was in Minnesota during Parkey’s one-year stint with the Bears. As was Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer. The Vikings were once rumored to be interested in making a run at Parkey after he left Chicago, but that never came to fruition. So perhaps this makes sense in the long run.
As for the Browns, they’re on their fourth kicker since the start of the 2018 season. And I thought the Bears had kicking problems.