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New York Giants Will Sign Kicker Josh Brown

March 13th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants will sign kicker Josh Brown this morning, reports Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. The signing officially ends Lawrence Tynes' tenure with the Giants, and opens the door (even wider) for him to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite also signing kicker David Buehler in mid-February, it was clear the Giants weren't entirely satisfied at the position and planned to add at least one more person to create a competition throughout training camp and the preseason. However, given Brown's experience, the team may also opt to release Buehler, saving them an estimated $630,000 in additional cap space.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2003, the 34-year-old Brown has also spent time with the St. Louis Rams, New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

In 144 career games, Brown has connected on 231 of his 284 field goal attempts (81.3%) and 310 of his 312 extra point attempts. In four games with the Bengals last season, he made 11 of his 12 attempts.

Pat Traina of Inside Football reports the 2006 PFWA Golden Toe Award winner and Jackass 3D guest actor will sign a "very cap friendly deal."

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39 Responses to “New York Giants Will Sign Kicker Josh Brown”

  1.  demo3356 says:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/bear-cut-kellen-davis/
    In to say HELL NO before anyone points out what “Great vet depth” this stiff will be for the NYG..
    No..

    •  kujo says:

      Seriously….

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Well I was right on Davis being cut. My point was never that Davis was great veteran depth it was that he was better than Pascoe and fits our mode of TE. I don’t want Pascoe as our #2 TE so I will suggest upgrades from him. Davis will be cheap and someone if he’s a stiff like you suggest will not beat out someone like Donnell or a rookie who has promise.

    •  Krow says:

      Cadaver.

  2.  kujo says:

    Josh Brown has a LEG!

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Losing Bennett, re-signing Beatty, keeping Webster and signing Jenkins makes our draft pick even more interesting at 19. While keeping Webster and Jenkins doesn’t change having needs at CB and DT, it could mean no first round type of pick is needed. While I don’t believe we will pick a TE at 19, it’s possible if we took a RB in the first last year. We could use help at OT but a first rounder? Possible but still doubtful. I guess picking a guard is also possible since the top 2 are so highly though of through many circles.

    I really think MLB is possible. It’s more if we feel a player is worth it at that spot than us being against drafting a LB IMO. I only think Ogletree or Brown are possible. Teo and Minter are just not the athletes you select in today’s NFL at that spot.

    A WR and DE are even possible. With it looking more and more like we can’t keep both Nicks and Cruz we could invest in their replacement at 19. I know some like Austin, I don’t. We don’t run an offense that uses a player like that well enough to justify the pick. The Paterson kid has big talent but is somewhat raw. He could help right away as a KR and ease his way into the line up. He looks versatile enough to help on the outside or the slot.

    •  Valid says:

      I know almost nothing about college football, so I’m not even sure if there will be any good DEs available at No. 19, but I’ve been calling for a DE in the first round for a while now. Our pass rush was AWFUL last year, and with Osi gone and Tuck another year older, I don’t expect it to be much better next season unless we add some guys.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        That’s what the Jenkins signing was really about. The issue with the pass rush was from the interior which didn’t allow the DEs to be effective. I think DE is possible but much more because Tuck is a free agent after the year and Kiwi will be 30 even if he converts back to DE. Ojomo and Tracy have some promise but a DE addition isn’t a crazy idea given how we have worked in the past.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I still hope we get a rookie kicker to compete with the 2 vet kickers. Brown is the safest bet out of the 3 options but he’s been inconsistent as well. It seems that one early sign for 2013 is that we will have competition at a number of positions.

    •  kujo says:

      11 of 12 FG in 2012.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Career wise. He looked great at one point but then had some struggles. There was a reason he was on the street last year. But he definitely a big leg and could be an improvement.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We are NOT going to waste a draft pick (unless it’s the 7th round) on a kicker. way too many other needs (remember, we need successors to a lot of players who will depart over the next two years).

  5.  Krow says:

    The first round pick gives you a potential top talent for 5 years ‘on the cheap’. You have to use that leverage to blunt the ravages of the salary cap. Smart teams select from the expensive positions … QB, WR, DE, LOT, and CB.

    To go otherwise the value has to be substantially higher … or your need very evident. At #19 we’ll most likely have at least a couple highly rated prospects in the expensive slots. And that’s where you go to get the best cap value.

    Of course it’s not 100% certain. Wilson last year was a clear need pick … and we were last. But my money is on DE or CB for 2013.

    •  kinsho says:

      I’m leaning towards CB. Unless we plan to sign more defensive backs from FA, we’re still very thin at corners, even with Aaron Ross signed. Ross is nothing more than somebody to give our starters a breather.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Good point. But the draft is deep at CB and if the top 3 CBs are off the ball CB makes little sense. DE makes more sense than it would appear on the surface but there doesn’t appear to be much vale at DE in that area. The FSU kid has the most upside but picking a DE in the first coming off of a late season ACL doesn’t seem like value. That’s why I say the sleeper could be WR if we know by then we are not keeping both Nicks and Cruz. But it depends which WRs are available.

      •  Krow says:

        I wouldn’t rule out WR either. The Cruz situatuion has improved, but it’s still sticky. And if Nicks has another year of nagging injuries then Reese won’t pay him … where free agency might.

      •  kinsho says:

        Fair enough. I know little about when to draft who in what round depending on the dynamics. And I know absolute squat about college football players, outside of a few Rutgers players. All I know is that we need at least one more decent CB in order to have some depth at that position, especially given that TT might not even be around to play.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Brown and Buehler competing sounds awfully good to me.

    In today’s NFL you need a very good offense, a defense that can make a critical stop, and a really solid kicking game (both sides of the special teams). The latter requires a kicker who can get you 3 points from 45-53 yards when you have to have it. The survivor of the competition between those two kickers can do that. The issue will be consistency.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I agree but we can’t overlook consistency. That’s why I think a rookie will be brought in too.

  7.  Krow says:

    So now things are settling down. The tourists have spent their money quickly and left the game. The serious players are shrewdly looking for bargains. There may yet be a few big contracts … but the pace will slow dramatically.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Looking at his career numbers his 30-49 numbers are troubling, while his 50 plus numbers are excellent.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/brownjos01.htm

    •  fanfor55years says:

      The REAL measure is what his percentage is up to the 45-yard line. That needs to be solid, really solid, or you don’t stay in the league. Tynes was very dependable up to about the 42-43 yard line and then things got dicey and he was completely incapable of the 50-yarder.

      Brown has the leg strength. So does Buehler. It’s going to be which of them is more consistent through camp.

  9.  Krow says:

    “When it came time Monday to trim the roster to a league-mandated maximum of 75, the Jets made a move that underscored their plight on the eve of the season. They cut kicker Josh Brown, who accounted for 43 percent of their scoring output, more points than Mark Sanchez, than Tim Tebow, than Shonn Greene — than, well, everyone else on their roster.

    Everyone that is, except for Nick Folk, who survived a worthy challenge from Brown to capture the Jets’ kicking job for a third consecutive season.

    Mike Westhoff, the special teams coach, was so captivated by their duel that he told reporters that it was “the best kicking competition I’ve ever seen.” In other words, it was what Westhoff was hoping for when the Jets signed Brown in May after he was released by the Rams.

    Folk, who converted 19 of 25 field goals last season, emerged victorious by drilling all four of his preseason tries, including three Sunday night with a long of 46 yards in the Jets’ 17-12 loss to Carolina. Brown made his first three kicks before hooking left a 45-yarder in the third quarter. Neither, of course, attempted an extra point. “

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