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Dolphins cut kicker Franks after claiming Browns’ Parkey off waivers

Cleveland Browns kicker Cody Parkey, claimed off waivers by the Dolphins Sunday, misses a filed goal in the final seconds of regulation in the teams’ game last year.
Cleveland Browns kicker Cody Parkey, claimed off waivers by the Dolphins Sunday, misses a filed goal in the final seconds of regulation in the teams’ game last year. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

The Dolphins didn't bring in any competition for Andrew Franks this offseason.

Turns out, he was competing against the rest of the league.

The Dolphins have a new kicker, and his name is Cody Parkey.

They claimed him off waivers Sunday, one day after the Browns waived the young specialist.

A few hours later, Franks said goodbye on Twitter, signaling his time with Miami had come to an end.

“Just wanted to thank the @MiamiDolphins for the opportunity and for a great 2 yrs,” Franks wrote. “Time to get back to work #NoRestForTheWicked

That wasn’t Miami’s only move Sunday.

The Dolphins also picked up ex-Chiefs linebacker Justin March-Lillard, who had 22 tackles a year ago. March-Lillard brings needed depth to the position, but also injury concern. Undrafted out of Akron, March-Lillard spent all of 2015 and half of 2016 on injured reserve.

If Parkey’s name sounds familiar, it should. He missed three kicks in the Dolphins’ overtime win over the Browns last year, including a game-winner at the end of regulation. Had he made any of those three kicks, the Dolphins would not have reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

But Parkey was good on all but two of his other attempts last year, and a had a good chance to make the Browns’ roster this year.

Parkey, a native of Jupiter, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014, when he set a new rookie scoring record with 150 points.

For his career, Parkey has made 55 of 65 attempts, including all five of his tries from 50 or more yards. Franks, meanwhile, has a significantly lower make percentage (78.4 percent to Parkey’s 84.6 percent) and is just 2 of 4 from 50-plus. Franks did nail a 55-yarder to force overtime in Buffalo last Christmas Eve.

Once Parkey was claimed, Franks’ fate was basically sealed; it’s rare for teams to keep two kickers on their roster. The Dolphins already have changed punters this offseason; Matt Haack beat out Matt Darr in training camp. Darr cleared waivers and is a free agent, his agent wrote on Twitter.

Defensive back Lafayette Pitts (Jaguars), wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow (Jets) and linebacker Deon Lacey (Bills) all found work Sunday after being cut by the Dolphins the day before.

▪  The Dolphins also spent Sunday setting their practice squad. That team will include wide receivers Drew Morgan and Malcolm Lewis.

Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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