Panthers send 4th Round Pick to Cleveland for Punter, Andy Lee

Andy Lee 0829CHARLOTTE, NC (WCCB Charlotte) — The Panthers announced they have acquired punter Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh-round draft choice from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick.

Lee, 34, appears to be the answer to the punting problem the Panthers have had since Brad Nortman, the 2015 punter, signed with Jacksonville in the off-season. The team signed and released Swayze Waters and the current veteran punter on the roster, Mike Scifres, injured his knee in the team’s third preseason game.

Lee, a 13-year NFL veteran, is a four-time All-Pro (2007, 2011 and 2012 first-team selection, and 2009 second-team selection) and a three-time Pro Bowler (2007, 2009 and 2011). Lee ranks sixth all-time in gross punting average (46.2), eighth all-time in net average (39.5) and ninth all-time in punts inside the 20 (325) in NFL history.

Last season with Cleveland, the 34-year old Lee set a Browns single-season records with a 46.7-yard gross average and a 40.1-yard net average. He punted 70 times with 25 punts inside the 20-yard line

A native of Westminster, S.C., Lee played collegiately at Pittsburgh and entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice (188th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. He played 11 seasons (2004-14) with San Francisco before being traded to Cleveland in 2015 for a conditional 2017 draft choice.