NFL News: Dan Carpenter signs away, Browns bring in Giorgio Tavecchio

We shared the news earlier today of two veteran kickers set to compete for the Cleveland Browns kicker job. Now, one is out of the running and the Browns are bringing along another youngster.

Dan Carpenter, former Miami Dolphins kicker who has been cut three times in the last three weeks, opted instead to sign today with the Buffalo Bills. It appears that ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter first broke the news on Twitter this evening (tweet). Buffalo had a sudden need at kicker when sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins injured his groin earlier today.

Now, joining long-time veteran Billy Cundiff in the competition for the Browns opening will be 23-year-old Giorgio Tavecchio. Signed by the Green Bay Packers in March to compete with incumbent Mason Crosby, he was cut last week.

Tavecchio, a native Italian, played collegiately for the University of California at Berkeley. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, but did not make the final 53-man cut. Just like this season in competing with Crosby, reports indicated that he gave a tough run for David Akers’ job last year.

One of his weaknesses might be his overall leg strength, yet he was far more accurate than Crosby in camp, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin (link). At the very least, it means the Browns won’t simply be handing over the crucial kicking job to the 33-year-old Cundiff, best known for a miss in the 2012 playoffs.

[Related: Scott Raab on the Browns prospects, Indians playoff run and the end of Tebow – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-02]

  • JHop

    If he produces anything near as well as his college stats show then I’ll be ok with the signing. Even if he does struggle with the 50+ yarders, hopefully the Browns offense will be able to get him close enough to make that a non-issue.

  • bossman09

    So this is what it’s like not having a pro-bowl kicker on your team for 14 seasons…

  • simond

    kickalicious was in GB a few days ago competing with Crosby after getting cut by the lions


  • BisonDeleSightings

    I don’t like seeing that he was 36-42 on extra points his senior year.

  • MrCleaveland

    Now THIS is a debacle.

    Good thing Joe Banner’s so much smarter than everyone else or we might be in trouble.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Super Giorgio for every field goal made Georgio’s gives away pizza!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kicker, we don’t need no stinkin’ kicker! 2 point conversion every TD and we’re going for it on every fourth down on the opponents side of the field!

  • Jaker

    Why no Kickalicious?!?!? Fine, just get this over with and sign the Italian. Only because wearing a Brown and Orange Mario/Luigi costume with the letter G would be the greatest ever