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Cade York gets second chance, coming back to Cleveland

The Browns still hope Cade York can save his career.

And they’re giving him another chance to do it with them.

The kicker is re-signing, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Saturday.

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York is returning on a minimum contract and will spend the offseason with the team. Dustin Hopkins, who was outstanding last year, remains on the team and atop the depth chart.

York was a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2022 — the highest a kicker had been drafted in six years – and got off to a dream start, drilling a 58-yard winner in the final seconds of the opener to beat Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers.

He has a powerful right leg but was inconsistent the rest of his rookie season, missing a critical extra point in a Week 2 loss to the Jets and going 24-for-32 on field goals (75 percent) and 35-for-37 on extra points. Then he had a terrible preseason last year.

Despite being nearly perfect in training camp, he was 4-for-8 on field goals during preseason games, not including a miss negated by a penalty. His last miss was a potential winner from 43 yards in the finale in Kansas City.

The Browns, who had Super Bowl aspirations, couldn’t afford to be patient and risk him continuing to miss in the regular season. They cut him and traded for Hopkins.

York signed to the Titans’ practice squad, was signed by the Giants and spent time on the active roster and practice squad but didn’t kick in a regular-season game. He ended the season on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.

The Browns don’t like to give up on draft picks and wanted to bring him back to the practice squad after cutting him, but he chose a fresh start. He’s now looking to rewrite the script.

“Disappointed how it all worked out,” coach Kevin Stefanski said at the time. “Rooting for him. Not surprised ultimately that he went somewhere else. But that’s kind of the nature of this business, really.”

Hopkins was one of the Browns’ most valuable players before a hamstring injury Dec. 24 vs. the Texans ended his season. Hopkins, 33, made 33 of 36 field goals, including all eight from 50 yards, and was 24-for-26 on extra points.

He’s due to make $2.875 million, with a $3.54 million salary cap hit, in 2024, the final year of his contract.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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