The San Francisco 49ers traded three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, securing a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In a corresponding transaction, the Browns released punter Spencer Lanning to make room for Lee.
“We've said all along that we are going to be deliberate in our pursuit to acquire talent that we feel can improve our roster,” Browns GM Ray Farmer said, via Marty Gitlin of CBS Sports. “Andy Lee has consistently been a top punter in this league. We are excited to be able to add a punter of his caliber to our team.
“We wish Spencer the best. He has done a solid job for our team and has also been an outstanding representative for our organization off the field.”
Lee has averaged at least 46.2 yards per punt in every season since 2007. Speaking with reporters after the trade, he showed excitement about his new challenge in Cleveland.
“I'm excited about my new start and becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns,” Lee said. “I've heard so many good things about the city of Cleveland and the loyalty and passion of the fans from my former teammate Phil Dawson. I've also heard some very positive things about the type of organization and team the Browns are building so my family and I are very much looking forward to becoming a part of it.”Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed