CLEVELAND — With December having arrived, it's not just the end of the year that is near, but also, the end of the decade. And what a decade it's been for the Cleveland Browns.
In order to celebrate the 2010s, we're enlisting in your help to compile the Browns' All-Decade Team. Each day, we'll release a poll on Twitter asking you to vote for a particular position, in addition to sharing the previous day's result.
On Friday, you voted T.J. Ward and Tashaun Gipson as the starting safeties of the Browns' All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Below, you can vote for the team's kicker.
In the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns drafted a Pro Bowl cornerback in Joe Haden.
One round later, they found a Pro Bowl safety.
With the 38th overall pick of the 2010 draft, the Browns selected T.J. Ward out of Oregon. A 5-foot-10, 200-pound thumper, it didn't take long for Ward to establish himself alongside Haden as a mainstay of Cleveland's secondary, as he started in all of the Browns' 16 games as a rookie and 54 games over the course of his four seasons with the team.
In that span, Ward tallied 325 tackles, 17 of which came for a loss, 22 pass defenses and 3 interceptions. In 2013, he was selected to his first of two career Pro Bowls after recording 112 tackles, 9 of which came for a loss, 5 pass defenses and 2 interceptions.
While Ward brought the boom to the Browns' secondary, it was Tashaun Gipson who added the range, joining the team as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 draft. Despite his undrafted status, the Wyoming product went on to become a mainstay of Cleveland's defense, appearing in 50 games (42 starts) between 2012-2015 and tallying 235 tackles, 23 pass defenses and 14 interceptions.
In 2014, Gipson was selected to the Pro Bowl after recording an NFL-high of 158 interception return yards.
Up next, the candidates for the Browns All-Decade Kicker:
Phil Dawson (1999-2012)
One of the most accomplished special teams players in Browns history. Ranks second in franchise history in scoring (1,271 points) trailing only Lou Groza's 1,349 points. Ranks first in franchise history in field goals made (305), field goal percentage (84 percent) and third in extra points made (350) and extra point percentage (97.8 percent). Made 76 of his 88 field goal attempts (88.6 percent), including 14 of his 15 attempts from 50 or more yards for the Browns between 2010-2012.
Billy Cundiff (2009, 2013-2014)
Served as the Browns' primary starting kicker in 2013 and 2014. Appeared in 29 games over that span, making 43 of his 55 field goal attempts (78.1 percent) and all 60 of his extra points.