Booted: Browns trade punter Lee after he passed on tackle

Lee's gross average of 46.7 yards and 40.1 net were Browns single-season records

Cleveland Browns Football

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have traded punter Andy Lee to Carolina after he failed to attempt a tackle in an exhibition loss.

Lee pulled up near the sideline and made no effort to bring down Buccaneers return man Adam Humphries, who brought back a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s 30-13 win on Friday. When he came to the sideline, Lee, a three-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco, was met by Browns coach Hue Jackson, who angrily voiced his displeasure.

The Browns sent Lee to the Panthers for punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick.

Lee was acquired via trade from the 49ers last season. He appeared in all 16 games and punted 70 times, putting 25 inside the 20-yard line. His gross average of 46.7 yards and 40.1 net were Browns single-season records.

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