Browns should “franchise” Reggie Hodges, per PFT

With Phil Dawson extremely unlikely to be the recipient of his third-straght franchise tag, Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk believes that the team should utilize this season’s tag on a fellow special teamer in punter Reggie Hodges.

Per Florio:

Kicker Phil Dawson was tagged in 2011 and 2012.  Using it a third time would entitle him to quarterback money.  So if it’s used, it won’t be used on him.  Punter Reggie Hodges is hitting the market after three years with the team.  Though his performance doesn’t cry out “franchise tag,” it could be cheaper to squat on him for a year than to sign a replacement on the open market; that’s why so many punters and kickers have been tagged in recent years.

Hodges missed the entire 2011 season following an Achilles tear and left a lot to be desired in terms of net punt yardage in 2012. While he will live in infamy due to his fake punt-turned-huge run against the New Orleans Saints, and was the team’s most recent recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award,

In 2012, he recorded 72 punts with an average of 42.0 yards and a net average of 36.9. He has landed 24 punts inside the 20 yard line, which was tied for the sixth-most in the NFL while being a part of the league’s third-best special teams unit per Football Outsiders.

The Browns recently signed punter Spencer Lanning, rendering the “market” analysis moot.

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  • mgbode

    if Hodges had a good year, then sure. but, are we worried about not replacing a guy who struggled last season?
    (his struggles very well could have been returning from injury)

  • Harv 21

    A cap-conscious exec will overpay a punter coming off a sub-standard year for fear of losing him? Oy.

    Using the word “infamy” to describe a positive play? Oy oy.

  • Chris

    Yeah, that made me chuckle as well…”I do not think that word means what you think it means”.

  • LesFleursDuMal

    Why would that sweet fake punt in New Orleans be deemed infamous to Browns fans?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Even if we think Hodges is an average punter, would it make any sense to franchise him? I’d rather spend a 7th round draft pick on a promising young punter than franchise Hodges.

  • Yes, that was serendipitous of him. I was utterly precipitous when I read that enclave as well.

  • December 7, 1941, Reggie Hodge’s run against the Saints…

  • Garry_Owen

    Why? Because he’s um, er, a . . . punter . . . that looks, er, like, um . . . a “run-first” athletic QB?

  • Jaker

    I just spit my coffee all over my theoretical newspaper

  • MrCleaveland

    Maybe he was thinking of Jack Ruby, who lives in infamy on Presidents Day. But probably not.


    “. . . the special teams punt coverage unit of the New Orleans Saints was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the sneaky and deceptively quick feet of the Empire of Hodges.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Browns teams have been “special” so why not!

  • Harv 21

    every time – literally meaning figuratively – I correct Scott’s sloppiness within minutes I post something with a mistake. Does it stop me from correcting Scott? Hah! Can’t stop myself, any more than the canaries can stop themselves from returning to Pamplona.

  • Harv 21

    Ow! No seriously, ow. He creates and then predictably falls into the No Mercy Zone. Scott must be so digging this. Which will lead me to hyper-vigilance. And so it goes.

  • MrCleaveland

    Or the blizzards returning to Hinckley, which was not named after another person who lives in infamy on Presidents Day. So it all ties together.

  • MrCleaveland

    Oy oy oy.

  • Garry_Owen

    Alas, we who live by the sword are doomed to die by the same.

  • Harv 21

    Yoyoyo! Nerd Club – heel! Gimme a few posts to compose myself. (Backs out warily, brandishing red pen against possible decomposition retorts).

  • MrCleaveland

    Yes. We Are Quantity Control.

  • BenRM

    Frankly, it didn’t make sense to franchise dawson. In no universe does franchising a punter make sense.

  • TobaccoRoad

    I read PFT everyday and I just lost a little bit of respect for that site. Is this some kind of joke?

  • This man Roby, he’s not famous, he’s in-famous. Thats more than when your famous.

  • Old Coach

    ATTENTION HINCKLEY: You have been placed under a blizzard warning by Mr. Cleaveland.