Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As Bucs cuts fall, Lindell wins kicking job, Tynes angry

TAMPA — The most drama for the Bucs this offseason centered around their kicking situation.

It began when Connor Barth tore his right Achilles during a charity basketball game. Then Lawrence Tynes contracted MRSA, a severe staph infection, prompting his wife, Amanda, to start a Twitter war.

Derek Dimke looked as if he had the job by default. But longtime Bills kicker Rian Lindell won it 10 days after signing. That was among the most notable revelations Saturday when the Bucs released their transactions to reach the 53-man roster limit.

Fourth-year safety Cody Grimm and defensive tackle Gary Gibson were among those sent packing along with Tynes, who was placed on the nonfootball injury list.

Tampa Bay informed Tynes by email Saturday that he was going on the list, according to Amanda Tynes.

"The Bucs informed my husband via EMAIL that he will be placed on NFI," she tweeted. "Wouldn't expect anything more from such a classy organization. #blkout."

A Bucs spokesman said the team will pay Tynes his $905,000 salary, which is not required. That did not soothe Tynes, who said the team misdiagnosed him and not going on injured reserve denies him benefits.

"I don't want this to happen to any current or future player," Tynes, formerly of the Giants, told Fox Sports. "I'm going to fight this thing as long as I have to because this team should not be allowed to do this to players.

"If I drop a 45-pound plate on my foot while lifting weights in the weight room at the facility, it's (injured reserve). So I just don't understand how my situation is any different. I went to work. I kicked. I practiced. I cold-tubbed. I hot-tubbed. I showered for all those days there. I come up with MRSA, and it's a nonfootball injury? They're basically trying to exonerate themselves of this."

Tynes said he had an ingrown toenail that was treated July 30. Five days later, he noticed it was infected. On Aug. 9, a culture revealed it was MRSA.

"It's the humanity of it; not accepting blame and then trying to sugarcoat it with the salary," he said. "That was their PR cover-up: 'At least you're getting paid.' That's not the point. It's wrong."

During his 13-year career, which began with three seasons in Seattle, Lindell has made 81.3 percent of his field goals.

Dimke hit the left upright on an extra point and went 1-of-2 on field goals in Thursday's 30-12 preseason loss to the Redskins; Lindell made a 50-yarder.

The Bucs focused on improving the league's worst pass defense this offseason. They acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dahson Goldson and drafted cornerback Johnthan Banks. The trickle-down effect cost Grimm, who was arrested twice on public intoxication charges during the offseason.

"It's a hard day," coach Greg Schiano said. "This is a good group of people, and they've busted their rear ends for this organization."

Based on Saturday's transactions, the Bucs will keep four running backs: Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James. In addition, all six draft picks earned a spot on the roster. So did three late-comers, tackle/guard Gabe Carimi, cornerback Michael Adams and defensive end Trevor Scott.

 
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