Bucs finally settle their kicking dilemma
The most drama for the Bucs this off-season has centered around their place-kicking situation.
Rian Lindell will bring some stability to that position.
The longtime Buffalo Bills veteran has apparently won the job after signing with the team only 10 days ago.
Lindell beat out rookie Derek Dimke, who is expected to be among the players released today as the team reaches its 53-man roster.
Dimke hit the left upright on a PAT and went 1-of-2 in field goal tries in the Bucs 30-12 loss to the Washington Redskins in the final preseason game Thursday. Lindell, meanwhile, connected on a 50-yard field goal attempt.
The Bucs kicking woes began before training camp when Connor Barth tore his right Achilles playing in a charity basketball game. He was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
Tampa Bay then signed former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes. But after suffering an in-grown toenail, he contracted MRSA, an infection that is immune to most antibiotics.
The Bucs informed Tynes by e-mail Saturday that he was being placed on the Non-Football Injury list, according to his wife, Amanda Tynes, who took to Twiitter to condemn the organization.
"The Bucs informed my husband via EMAIL that he will be placed on NFI. Wouldn't expect anything more from such a classy organization. #blkout.'' she Tweeted.
During his 13-year career which began with three seasons in Seattlle, Lindell has made 81.3 percent of his career field goal attempts.
“I’ve done the best I can,'' Lindell said Friday. "We’ll see what happens after that. I think I’ve kicked farily well. I’m happy with the way I’m kicking right now so that’s really what I can control so hopefully that’s good enough.''
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports first reported Lindell had won the Bucs kicking job.
Tight end Danny Noble, safety Sean Baker and receiver Jordan Norwood also have been released by the Bucs.