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Sources: Browns trade for veteran kicker Hopkins

Jake TrotterESPN Staff Writer Aug 28, 2023 2:01pm ET2 minute read

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns are changing kickers less than two weeks before their season opener.

On Monday, the Browns acquired Dustin Hopkins from the Los Angeles Chargers, a source told ESPN, ending Cade York’s tenure as Cleveland’s kicker. The Browns plan to forgo York, a source told ESPN.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns sent a seventh-round pick to the Chargers in return.

York, 22, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Browns in 2022. In his rookie debut, he hit a game-winning field goal from 58 yards and defeated the Carolina Panthers. But York has struggled ever since, including this preseason.

On August 18 in Philadelphia, York missed two attempts to win the game and was awarded a second try after a penalty kick.

Then, in Saturday’s pre-season loss in Kansas City, York had a potentially game-winning field goal blocked. He also missed an extra point try.

On Sunday, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski declined to commit to York remaining Cleveland’s kicker.

“I think all squad decisions and things like that are things that we talk about internally,” Stefanski replied when asked if York would start in the opening game against Cincinnati.

Last year, despite winning the Carolina game, York only managed 24 of 32 field goal attempts (75%), one of the worst conversion rates of any starting kicker in the league.

Hopkins, 32, has made 84.8% of his 224 field goal attempts in his career. That included the Chargers playing nine out of ten games in five games last season. He also converted 94.4% of his 234 career scoring attempts.

Hopkins had competed with Cameron Dicker for the Chargers’ kicker job during training camp.

Source: www.espn.com

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