Austin Seibert was waived by the Cleveland Browns
Sunday was a disastrous day for the entire Cleveland Browns team. There was really no facet of the game that stood out in a good way, which is why they lost to Baltimore by 32 points.
However, some issues were more glaring than ever — which brings us to Austin Seibert. The second-year kicker missed his only field goal attempt on the day and also whiffed on an extra point. That was the sixth missed extra point in his young career and apparently, the new regime has seen enough.
Seibert was waived on Monday, according to Mary Kay Cabot, less than 24 hours after his frustrating performance.
A product of Oklahoma, Seibert was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by former general manager John Dorsey after the team struggled through a year of kicking woes from Zane Gonzalez and Greg Joseph. Of course, conventional wisdom says drafting a kicker is never a good idea but when he was selected, we all wanted to ignore that and give Dorsey the benefit of the doubt.
And after one season, it seemed Seibert was a good player. He made 86.2 percent of his field goals as a rookie, knocking in 25-of-29 attempts. But there was a problem when it came to extra points.
Seibert missed five extra points as a rookie, which is an absolute momentum killer. Nothing is more frustrating than scoring a touchdown only to see the kicker sail one wide, which oftentimes gives the other team a little juice.
This was the case on Sunday when Seibert missed following David Njoku‘s touchdown.
In the end, the Browns had seen this happen enough times that they decided to move on. They will likely turn to Cody Parkey now who was on the practice squad, but bringing in some free agents in for a competition wouldn’t be a shock either.