Bucs PK Tynes wanted to be with a winner
Place-kicker Lawrence Tynes did not expect his career, like one of his majestic field goals, to be up in the air that long.
Having finished second in the league with 33 field goals last season as a Pro Bowl alternate with New York Giants, Tynes had several opportunities to sign with other teams during the off-season. But as training camp approached, Tampa Bay was never on his radar until kicker Connor Barth tore his Achilles in a charity basketball game.
“A lot of it had to do with the coaching staff and the team they have here and the players,'' Tynes said. "It’s unfortunate for Connor what happened, but I jumped at the opportunity based on this is a solid, talented, young football team with great coaches. I know (Mike) Sullivan, coach (Bill) Sheridan from New York. The talent level on this team is through the roof, we’ve just got to put it together.''
The Bucs felt fortunate that Tynes was still available. While he may lack Barth's range, he has made clutch kicks in playoff games and Super Bowls.
“It’s gotten my name out there a little bit, playing in the New York market does that,'' Tynes said. "But it’s a team effort. I’ve just been fortunate to be on good teams to be in that position and come through. But a lot of it is all team oriented. I was on great football teams that played well. So fortunately for me I was put in some big spots and people kind of recognized that.''