Former Ticats kicker Brett Maher signs with Browns

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker Brett Maher has signed with the Cleveland Browns, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Maher had two-thirds of a great season for the Ticats. After 13 weeks, he was third in the CFL with an 87.9 per cent accuracy rate on field goals while missing just one extra point. His 36.0 yard net punting average was good enough for fifth in the CFL. But by the end of the year, Maher’s field goal percentage had dipped to 82 per cent, he was sixth in net punting and his kickoff average had fallen almost two yards a boot. In the East Semi-Final loss to Edmonton, Maher missed a 35 yarder in the second quarter in a game the Ticats would eventually lose by a field goal.

The Ticats had discussions with Maher about returning but were reluctant to offer him much by the way of signing bonus or job security. Now that he’s moved on, the team is likely to go through much the same process as last off-season where they held a series of workouts for prospective kickers, including a two-day session at Tim Hortons Field with a more than a half-dozen candidates (that event is on schedule again this spring.)

Both American Anthony Fera and Canadian Chris Milo kicked in the league last season and are available. So is former Ticat Sergio Castillo, who’s had stints with Winnipeg and Ottawa.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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23 Comments on Former Ticats kicker Brett Maher signs with Browns

  1. Lindsay Wilcox // March 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

    C’mon Ticats ! Are you praying for another miracle to find a kicker/punter ? Not saying Maher was the best you could do, but I don’t see a bright star moving in the East.

  2. Maybe we can add Morten Anderson to the negotiation list?

    • Nah, I’m all for bringing Ian Sunter back…at least he’s won something. Or Ozzie.

  3. Zambiasi // March 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm //

    And the reason Medlock wasn’t re-signed, was?

    • Jeff May // March 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm //

      Medlock wanted to play for O’Shea – his choice to leave.

      • I am surprised he still wants to play for O’Shea after he sent him out to try and kick a 63 yarder in a dome to win a playoff game.

        • Ha, ha, I was there! Even from 50 yards away I could see the perplexity on Medlock’s face. Priceless. And after that flub I’m sure he became a life time fan of the TC “O’Shea Sucks Club”!

  4. Not sure but I suspect Ticats offered Maher a contract but he had his sights set on NFL…

    Maher’s FG struggles last season started when he lost his holder and his punting may have been slightly affected by all those blocked punts… (Do you think!!!)

    I wish him well in the NFL and would welcome him back if it doesn’t work out…

    Cheers… Snake

  5. Steve Driver // March 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm //

    Guess miracles can happen & only the bozos in Cleveland would offer a contract to K who was directly responsible for a few TiCats losses in the latter half of the season. Yeah, Maher won’t last in Cleveland & will soon be out of football altogether. Time for a Stevewieser !!!

  6. Maher can’t kick in the cold. As bad as the Browns are I can’t see him sticking in Cleveland. There must be literally thousands of kickers in the US looking for work not to mention Canada. The Cats will find someone.

  7. Ok first off please move on from Medlock. Yes awesome kicker never punted well here tho. Also wanted way too much money. He is gone let it go. As fir Brett he was obviously holding out hoping fir just this. Again was good but far from great. There are a lot of kickers out there that the Cats can bring into camp.

  8. Joe King // March 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm //

    I know a guy who works at Tim Horton’s who can kick and he’d be cheap KA would like that.

  9. I’m a Ticat fan and a Browns fan. Maher is not going to make the Browns. They just re-signed punter – Colquitt to a huge deal and K Cody Parkey was really good after his first game. I expect Maher gets cut by July if not sooner. More then likely, another kicker they can use for OTA’s and camp.

  10. DundasDude // March 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm //

    Who was that guy who won Wendy’s kick for a million a few years back? Could do worse than Maher, but it is pretty hard to compete with the big bucks and talent identification of that Cleveland dynasty.

  11. Enrico Della Penta // March 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm //

    Go get Milo.

  12. Zugerfan // March 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm //

    If he sticks with the Browns he makes $475,000 minimum. So no chance that he signs with hamilton for $65,000. So he was never a possibility so long as he has even an outside shot at the NFL. Having said that however the Ticats strategy with respect to the kicking game is deeply mysterious.

  13. The Iceman // March 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm //

    you don’t appreciate a kicker until you don’t have one. We don’t have one.

  14. Jim Fleck // March 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm //

    A lot of good kickers out there on both sides of the border. The key thing is FINDING ONE KICKER who can do ALL the kicking well on a consistent basis. Few and far between but they are out there – just gotta find him and sign him.

  15. Predicting cats finish last in the east…. Too many players gone. Austin needs to go

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