Bucs reach settlement with Lawrence Tynes in MRSA lawsuit
The Bucs have reached a settlement with former kicker Lawrence Tynes, who had sued the team in 2015, seeking $20-million and claiming that their negligence regarding a MRSA infection ended his NFL career in 2013.
According to Hillsborough County court records, Tynes and the team signed off Feb. 10 on paperwork to "jointly stipulate and agree to dismissal" of his lawsuit, which had progressed in the courts for two years and was scheduled for pre-trial conference in August.
As recently as December, Tynes' attorney had argued against the team's request for a summary judgment in the case, writing that their request was "astonishingly deficient."
There were no financial details of the settlement, which typically would carry confidentially clauses for both parties. Both the team and his attorneys declined to comment on the resolution Tuesday afternoon.
Tynes, 38, was paid his $905,000 salary by the Bucs in 2013, but the team classified his toe infection as a "non-football injury." The team reached a $3-million settlement in July 2014 with former Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks, another player who was sidelined with MRSA in 2013 and "stepped away" from football after the settlement was reached.
The Bucs had argued that Tynes could not prove he was infected at One Buc Place, even though at least two other players faced MRSA infections in 2013. The lawsuit alleged that former trainer Todd Toriscelli, now with the Titans, had MRSA as a complication from several knee surgeries and "admitted to close friends" that his own infection was the source of Tynes' MRSA, having used the same hot and cold tubs and other therapy devices and equipment at the Bucs' facilities.
Tynes played nine seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs and Giants, connecting on 190 career field goals and helping the Giants win Super Bowls after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. He never played for the Bucs, and didn't play again after his MRSA infection in 2013.