The Cleveland Browns acquired punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, who will receive a seventh round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Lee, a 12-year NFL veteran, will replace Spencer Lanning, who will be released by the Browns.
"For the last 11 years, Andy has been a tremendous representative of the 49ers organization both on the field and in the community," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in an official statement. "While he may be best known for his production on the field, we have come to know Andy as a great teammate and family man. We would like to thank Andy for his commitment to this organization, while wishing him and his family continued success throughout his career and beyond."
The Browns’ official Twitter account also confirmed the deal.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 6, 2015
“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 general manager Ray Farmer said to the team’s official website. “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.”
Lee is a three-time NFL Pro Bowler making the team in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Lee, who was the longest tenured 49er before the trade, ranks first in San Francisco’s history with 43,468 punting yards in his NFL career.