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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