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Browns agree to 3-year, $15.9M extension with K Dustin Hopkins

Mon Jul 15 7:36pm ET
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The Cleveland Browns and kicker Dustin Hopkins agreed to a three-year, $15.9 million extension, according to multiple reports on Monday.

The deal puts Hopkins under contract with the Browns through the 2027 season. The $5.3 million average will tie Hopkins for fifth among kickers with Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Houston Texans.

In 2024, Hopkins' base salary will be $2.875 in the final season of a three-year contract he signed in 2022.

Hopkins, 33, made 33 of 36 field-goal attempts for a career-best 91.7 percentage last season for the Browns. He finished with 123 points.

Hopkins made all eight of his field-goal attempts from 50 or more yards. Cleveland obtained Hopkins shortly before the start of the 2023 season from the Los Angeles Chargers for a 2025 seventh-round pick.

In nine NFL seasons, Hopkins has made 223 of 260 field-goal attempts (85.8 percent) and 245 of 260 extra points (94.2), scoring 914 points in 124 career games with Washington (2015-21), Los Angeles (2021-22) and Cleveland.

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AJ Dillon

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The Cleveland Browns and kicker Dustin Hopkins have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, according to Mary Kay Cabot of It's a well-deserved payday for the veteran kicker as he cashes in following the best season of his career. Over 15 games in 2023, he made 33 of 36 field-goal attempts (91.7%) while going 24-for-26 on extra points (92.3%). He ultimately finished as the No. 9 kicker in terms of fantasy points despite missing two games. Hopkins represents a solid draft pick in the later rounds of 2024 fantasy drafts.

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