Andy Lee, the San Francisco 49ers' longtime punter, called his tenure as a Niner "amazing" and thanked the team in a release sent out by the organization Saturday afternoon following his trade to the Cleveland Browns.
"San Francisco gave me the opportunity to play in the NFL by drafting me in 2004, and will forever be a special place for me and my family," Lee said in the statement. "Thank you to the York family, my teammates, the coaches, the football staff and the Faithful for your support over the years. It's been a great time!"
The Niners selected Lee in the sixth round of the 2004 draft out of Pittsburgh and he became a three-time All-Pro as well as the franchise leader in punts (941), punting average (46.2 yards), net average (39.5 yards) and punts inside the 20-yard line (300).
His punting averages both rank fifth in NFL history.
Lee, 32, was set to make $2.05 million this season and the Niners last month used a fifth-round pick to select Clemson's Bradley Pinion who will make $692,200.
"For the last 11 years, Andy has been a tremendous representative of the 49ers organization both on the field and in the community," general manager Trent Baalke said in the statement. "While he may be best known for his production on the field, we have come to know Andy as a great teammate and family man. We would like to thank Andy for his commitment to this organization, while wishing him and his family continued success throughout his career and beyond."