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Browns comfortable at kicker heading into summer

It got a little lost in the shuffle earlier in the week, but the Browns released veteran kicker Garrett Hartley on Monday.

The 28-year-old is entering his seventh season in the NFL, but will do so somewhere other than Cleveland. Veteran kicker Billy Cundiff kicked for the Browns for most of the 2014 before being released after an injury.

That leaves Travis Coons and Carey Spear as the lone kickers on the roster. Neither have kicked before in a NFL regular season game.

Coons was an undrafted free agent last season who won the Tennessee Titans kicking battle in training camp, but was cut right before the season when longtime Kansas City Chiefs Ryan Succop became available on the waiver wire. Coons went 2-of-3 during the preseason.

Spear, another undrafted free agent, spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles last summer. An Ohio native (Mayfield Village), Spear was nicknamed "MurderLeg" for not only booting kicks, but laying out return men as a tackler on special teams.  

Browns general manager Ray Farmer likes what he sees on film from both Coons and Spear, and won't mind going into the season with either of the pair – regardless of their lack of NFL experience.

"You look around the league and I think I've had exposure to so many different (kickers)," Farmer said Friday in Aurora at the Cleveland Browns Foundation's annual golf tournament. "I will say with young kickers, there is always the fear of as soon as he misses a kick, everybody hits the panic button. But I don't tend to have that feeling."

With that said, Farmer expressed interest in possibly adding another kicker at some point during the summer.

"Adding to the competition and seeing what happens," Farmer said. "Kickers are different. Those guys kind of find their stride in a different point in their careers. We think we know what's out there and we feel comfortable with the guys we have."

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