Former Nebraska kicker and punter Brett Maher signed with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday.
Maher spent the last three years in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He made 66 of his 87 field goal attempts over those three seasons, including a long of 58 yards last year. He also averaged 45.5 yards on 257 punts during that span.
Maher, a native of Kearney, signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2013 — and also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys — but never appeared in an NFL game.
He was the Big Ten kicker and punter of the year in 2011 and a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection at both positions. He shared Big Ten kicker of the year honors in 2012 and was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media.
Maher made 39 of 50 field goal attempts during his NU career and averaged 43.2 yards per punt.
The Browns had two different players attempt field goals during the 2016 season, and they combined to make 21 of 27 attempts. Browns punter Britton Colquitt, a seven-year NFL veteran, averaged 45.3 yards on 83 punts last season.
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