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Zane Gonzalez wins kicking competition, as Solon’s Ross Martin is waived; OL Earl Watford signed

BEREA — Kicker Zane Gonzalez kept his job.

The incumbent held off a challenge from Ross Martin, who grew up in Solon and went to Walsh Jesuit High School. Martin was one of six players cut Tuesday.

Gonzalez made his only field goal attempt of the preseason, a 54-yarder against the Eagles. A seventh-round pick last year, he made 15 of 20 field goals and 25 of 26 extra points as a rookie.

** Offensive lineman Earl Watford (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) was signed.

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Watford, 28, was cut Sunday by the Bears after signing in April. He’s played 43 games for Arizona, including 21 starts. He started nine of 10 games last season at left and right guard. He’s also played right tackle.

He was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013 out of James Madison.

** The Browns also waived receiver Evan Berry, offensive linemen Kevin Bowen and Geoff Gray and defensive lineman Marcell Frazier. Tight end Julian Allen was released from injured reserve.

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