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Kicker Cade York chooses to sign with Tennessee's practice squad rather than stay in Cleveland

Cleveland Browns place-kicker Cade York watches his 40-yard field goal during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cade York will work on his kicking aim and accuracy in Tennessee.

Released by Cleveland after the Browns made a trade to replace him, York cleared waivers and signed Wednesday with the Titans to be on their practice squad rather than stay with the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2022.

York's tenure with the Browns came to a crashing conclusion after he struggled during the exhibition season, missing four of eight field-goal tries.

He had a potential game-winner blocked in the final minute on Saturday in Kansas City, perhaps the final straw for the organization which had supported him throughout the summer and an inconsistent rookie season.

The Browns were interested in bringing York back on their practice squad, but the 22-year-old opted for a change of scenery.

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

On Monday, the Browns acquired kicker Dustin Hopkins from the Los Angeles Chargers for a seventh-round draft pick.

Tennessee made a kicking move Tuesday, getting Nick Folk in a trade from the New England Patriots pending the 38-year-old kicker passing a physical.

The Titans did not announce York's addition among their roster moves Wednesday.

They filled their practice squad, though they have an international exemption for tight end Thomas Odukoya. They also claimed defensive back Kindle Vildor off waivers from Chicago and waived center Corey Levin. Vildor has started 22 of 44 NFL games with the Bears.

Tennessee also waived two after reaching injury settlements with defensive back Josh Thompson and running back Jonathan Ward.

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