Browns Work Out Folk, Parkey, Others

The Browns may be holding a kicker competition. They brought in Nick Folk, Kai Forbath, Cody Parkey and Matthew McCrane for workouts Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

Austin Seibert resides as Cleveland’s incumbent kicker. He kicked for the Browns last season, going 25-for-29. The ex-Oklahoma Sooner did miss five extra points, however, and may be on the verge of a training camp battle.

Cleveland has not seen much continuity at kicker lately. The team has changed kickers in each of the past four years, with Zane Gonzalez and Greg Joseph enjoying one-season stays. Seibert beat out Joseph last summer.

Folk has the most experience of the tryout legs, having kicked in the NFL since 2007. The 35-year-old specialist kicked in seven Patriots games last season. Parkey, whose “double doink” miss in a 2018 wild-card game set off rampant Bears kicker uncertainty, resurfaced in three Titans games last season. He made 3 of 3 field goals during that stay. Both Folk and Parkey made Pro Bowls as rookies — in 2007 and ’14, respectively.

Forbath was also part of the Pats’ post-Stephen Gostkowski kicker shuffle; he also kicked in three Cowboys games in 2019. McCrane did not play last season but kicked in four games as a rookie in 2018.

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  1. markdavisbarber

    Nick Folk, Kai Forbath, Cody Parkey and Matthew McCrane….

    Is it safe to have that many “Yips” in one place?

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I’ve beat this drum before but it seems absolutely ludicrous that Parkey can get a workout while the greatest kicker in league history (Adam Vinatieri) can’t.

    • qbert1996

      Greatest kicker in league history is a bit of stretch. Clutchest postseason kicker may be more accurate. Also Vinatieri struggled last season and is on the very wrong side of 40 at this point.

    • wagner13

      Vinatieri is washed and hit just 68% of kicks last season. Conversely, Forbath hit all ten tries last season without a mistake. Heck, even Parkey was better in his last season with the Bears. Teams aren’t going to sign you based on name recognition

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