There's a reason why the Bucs expect Dan Stryzinski to take their punting game to new heights: His long hang time enabled the former Pittsburgh Steeler to lead the NFL in inducing fair catches each of the last two seasons.
Stryzinski (pronounced Stri-ZIN-skee), who was left unprotected as a Plan B free agent, has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Tampa Bay.
Terms of the deal were not released, but Stryzinski said the new contract will make him the sixth highest-paid punter in the NFL. Houston punter Greg Montgomery, who was the league's fifth-highest paid punter last season, has an average annual salary of $378,000.
By signing with the Bucs, Stryzinski will be reunited with George Stewart, who left the Steelers to be special teams coach with the Bucs.
"It was a tough position because I knew I had a job in Pittsburgh," Stryzinski said. "A big reason for moving was because George was there. My wife and I decided Tampa was the only place we wanted to move."
Stryzinski is represented by Gil Scott, whose clients include Bucs punter Mark Royals, the club record-holder for inducing fair catches.
Bucs notes: Former New England Patriots and New York Jets quarterback Tony Eason and Pittsburgh quarterback Rick Strom were among about a dozen players to participate in separate workouts for the Bucs on Thursday.
Eason, 31, has not played since being released by the Jets in preseason last year.
NFL teams send 101 players to WLAF
NEW YORK _ Some 101 NFL players, most reserves or practice squad members, were allocated to the WLAF on Thursday, giving the World League 20 times more participation from its parent than it had in its first season.
The 101 included eight quarterbacks, perhaps the best-known of them Anthony Dilweg, who started for Green Bay for much of 1990, and Brad Goebel, Philadelphia's third-stringer as a rookie last year.