Recovering Tynes could learn if he's a free agent or still a Buc
Lawrence Tynes could find out as soon as Monday if he will be a free agent or still under control of the Bucs. But it will take more time for the 35-year-old veteran to discover whether he can be effective as a place-kicker again.
“He’s been working his butt off and is in tremendous physical condition,’’ said Tynes’ agent Ken Harris. “But place-kickers all wear a shoe that is about two sizes smaller than their foot. Because his condition wasn’t detected for several weeks, and he underwent considerable tissue damage as a result of the surgery, he still has to see how he will hold up to the rigors of being an NFL place-kicker.’’
Tynes, who was placed on the non-football injury list by the Bucs last season after developing a MRSA infection in the big toe of his right kicking foot, filed a grievance insisting he should’ve been placed on injured reserve.
The Bucs agreed to pay Tynes his one-year, $840,000 salary last year, but the NFI designation means the Bucs control his rights for another year.
Harris said he did not know the status of Tynes’ grievance, but Pro Football Talk said a ruling on his status could come as soon as Monday. Both the Bucs and the NFL believe Tynes should still be under control of the Bucs but the NFL Player’s Association contends he should’ve been on I.R. and thus a free agent.
The Bucs have four kickers on their roster, including Connor Barth, who missed all of 2013 after tearing his right Achilles in a charity basketball game just before training camp.