Browns agree to terms with kicker Billy Cundiff

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

By Tom Withers | AP

CLEVELAND -- Billy Cundiff didn't make Browns fans forget kicker Phil Dawson. However, he did make them miss him a little less.

Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1.02 million contract with the Browns. Cundiff was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent last week, but Cleveland locked him up for another year.

After the Browns' front office allowed the popular Dawson, a Pro Bowler the previous season, to leave and sign with San Francisco last year, Cundiff made 21-of-26 field-goal attempts and 32 extra points in 16 games. Cundiff also set a franchise record with 42 touchbacks. Of Cundiff's 62 kickoffs, the opposing team started at or inside their own 20-year line 53 times.

The 33-year-old Cundiff, who began his NFL career with Dallas in 2002, made the Pro Bowl with Baltimore in 2010. He kicked in five games for the Browns in 2009 and has also played for New Orleans and Washington. He was in training camp with the New York Jets last summer before he was waived on Aug. 28.

The Browns signed him Sept. 3 and he was able to adequately fill in for Dawson, who had kicked for Cleveland since the franchise's expansion rebirth in 1999 and holds most of the club's kicking records.

During his pro career, Cundiff has converted 76 percent (122 of 160) of his field-goal attempts.

Browns' Bryant says he's cleared after heart scare

CLEVELAND -- Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant says he's been medically cleared to play after a health scare.

Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and had been treated for in the past.

On Friday, Bryant posted a message on his Twitter account, saying "the doctor gave me full clearance and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!"

The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent last March with Cleveland. He finished with 31⁄2 sacks and 45 tackles in 12 games.

Bryant had been taking medication for the condition, which forced him to leave an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo. He experienced a rapid heart rate following a game against Jacksonville on Dec. 1 and doctors determined he needed a heart ablation.

Jaguars re-sign QB Henne to two-year contract

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne.

Henne and the team agreed to a two-year contract worth $8 million Friday, keeping the starter from hitting the free-agent market.

Henne's deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year and comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have started negotiating with other teams.

Henne signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million with Jacksonville in 2012. He started 13 games last season and threw for 3,421 yards, with 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, after replacing benched starter Blaine Gabbert.

His return could mean the end of Gabbert's tenure in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are expected to draft a quarterback in May.

Henne is 5-14 as a starter in two seasons in Jacksonville.

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