Former Ticats kicker Brett Maher released by Browns

According to Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, the team has released former Ticat kicker Brett Maher.

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.

The team brought seven kickers to mini-camp last week, including former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Sergio Castillo and ex Buffalo Bill Jordan Gay. Craig Peterson, a 31-year-old who went to training camp with the Redblacks in 2014 Tweeted today that he’d been signed by the club.

That said, an entry-level deal would not have included a signing bonus so the Ticats could release him before the start of camp with no cap implications (it’s one of the reasons teams don’t announce these deals until closer to camp.)

Given where they are in the process, if Maher does return to the Ticats, it will likely be under the original conditions: with the chance to compete for the job in training camp.

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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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22 Comments on Former Ticats kicker Brett Maher released by Browns

  1. Lindsay Wilcox // May 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm //

    Fair all-around.

    • Pussycats // May 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm //

      Don’t think so … Probably could make as much at home running a fork lift at Home Depot and that would be in US dollars (Cdn @ 0.73). Cats offer was a slap in the face after his decent season.

      Hope he’s back but think he’d rather retire than play again for Austin for peanuts.

      • GoCats! // May 3, 2017 at 9:31 am //

        That’s his decision to make, is it not?

        Beveridge decided his number coming up for a firefighting job was more important than continuing his CFL career.

        (Not so sure the numbers stack up that way but have other things to do.)

        • What season he blew a lot of games for us I’m sorry we can do better

          • Pussycats // May 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm //

            Cats seem determined to pay a very low salary for their kicker/punter in 2017, whoever it might be, even though this position typically accounts for most of the points scored by a team. We’ll see how being ‘el cheapo’ on this works out for them. Can’t imagine that it will.

  2. Billinburlington // May 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm //

    Feel bad for Maher… never got a chance to prove himself with The Browns. Hopefully he catches on with another NFL Team and, if not, would welcome him back to the Ticats.

  3. Bernie Ruoff // May 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

    Maher never proved himself with the Ticats, nevermind the Browns. Since they didn’t make the resigning of Medlock a priority, one would hope that at least one of 7 kickers brought to minicamp could fare better than Maher. Here’s hoping Peterson’s the man to forget the Medlock fiasco.

    • If you are the real Bernie, we could sure use one like you in their prime! That was one brief stint with the Browns.

  4. Medlock fiasco? I missed that somehow.

  5. The Medlock Fiasco, as in letting him walk and sign with the Bombers……

    • Oh, I was thinking it was something else. They didn’t let him walk. They wanted him back big time (and a few others) The number 1 FA last year was Ted L. Most agree with that. That signing and waiting for the cards to play out cost huge $. $ that depleted the amt available for existing personnel not to mention other FA’s. Meds was offered a good raise but 175K was out of the park. The competition for Teddie was intense and vast.
      No fiasco.

  6. Ya well medlock didn’t take the bombers to the grey cup so cares ! The medlock story should have ended a long time ago.

  7. Maher? No thanks, not to be too harsh. Maher had plenty of time to prove himself, this is professional ball, not H.S. IMO he was way too inconsistent. Especially on his punt placements and lengths. Too many simple kickoffs O.B.’S giving opposition great field position. Maybe he would be better Woking for “Home Depot”? As far as Austin, Tillman, Mitchell were concerned, they didn’t see Brett Maher as Ti-Cats….

    • The Cats did not field a proper team for their playoff game last season with Edmonton.Gives the league a bad reputation and the kicking game was irrelevant.

  8. Doug Penner // May 2, 2017 at 10:52 pm //

    Craig “the leg” Peterson will do just fine!
    Welcome to the Hammer Craig! Unlike the City Council here in Hamilton, the Ti Cats know what they want when they see it. And you’re it!
    Eat em Raw!!

    • The Iceman // May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am //

      So the 31 year old kicker is a superstar just getting discovered? And can he punt??
      Not in the Cats future….sorry.

  9. Bring him back if he is open to that (though he’ll probably exhaust other options first). But he’ll have to compete for the job.

  10. Medlock left because he can’t stand coach reinbold.. and the truck of cash helped too. We all have to except that unless the cats get lucky, kicking will have its issues this year.

    • Totally and completely false. You shouldn’t say things you have no knowledge of sir. They enjoyed, and still maintain, a good relationship.

  11. William // May 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm //

    Maher had a decent season they should bring him back the kicking can make or break your season

  12. DundasDude // May 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm //

    Sounds fair. It’s a tough business. TiCats could do worse than Maher, but there were serious deficiencies last year: blocked punts, key field goals missed. I hope he’s back and builds on last years potential.

  13. Massive // May 6, 2017 at 12:07 am //

    Craig “the leg” Peterson, will do just fine. You should check out his Storm film and stats. Can do it all no question. Best way to market a kicker, do it all.

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