Billy Cundiff is back in the NFL and back in Cleveland. He said it was only a matter of time before someone offered him a job.

“I didn't know it would be this quick'' the veteran kicker said in the Browns' locker room Wednesday a day after the team signed him to a one-year contract.

Cundiff 33 was released by the Jets last week and was impressive enough to earn a contract at a tryout Tuesday in Berea.

“It's good to be back'' he said. “I had a good indication I would be playing in the league this year. When I got released from the Jets I felt like I had a really good training camp. I felt like I put really good film out for teams to look at. I felt like it was a matter of time."

Cundiff replaces Phil Dawson who had been in Cleveland since 1999 and signed with San Francisco in the off-season. It turns out the training camp battle between veteran Shayne Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay was not an either/or choice. It was neither.

Coach Rob Chudzinski said injuries both kickers sustained during camp were not factors. Bogotay suffered a pulled groin in the second game and Graham missed the final preseason game with a back strain.

“We just felt like there some things we weren't satisfied with from a kicking standpoint overall and we wanted to look elsewhere and take a look around'' Chudzinski said. “We came to Billy and we're satisfied with that.''

Cundiff was brought in for a tryout Tuesday in Berea alongside undrafted rookie free agent Giorgio Tavecchio who played at Cal and was released by Green Bay last week. Cundiff said he hit the ball well in the tryout. He signed for a reported $840000 the NFL minimum for an eighth-year player.

“I'm very comfortable (with the kicking situation)'' Chudzinski said. “(Cundiff) had a good workout. He's played and knows the division and he's played here. He's kicked well in the preseason. He's outstanding in the kickoffs. He's 60 percent in touchbacks or so and he's been in the Pro Bowl. He's a resilient guy and I have faith.''