The New York Giants decided to part ways with long-time kicker Lawrence Tynes after six seasons with the team. On Wednesday, Patricia Triana of Inside Football has reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Tynes to a one-year deal.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reported that Tynes' deal with the Buccaneers is for one year and the veteran minimum, which is $715,000.
Tynes being signed by the Buccaneers comes due to Connor Barth suffering a torn Achilles tendon, which will require season-ending surgery, this Tampa having a need to sign a new kicker, and Tynes had still been on the market after not being re-signed by the Giants back in March.
Tynes kicked the Giants to two straight Super Bowls, as he made the game-winning field goal in overtime in the 2007 NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers and then again in overtime of the 2011 NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.
In Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, Tynes played a crucial role, as he made two consecutive field goals for the Giants in the second half that drew the Giants closer to New England and made the score 17-15. the Giants went on to win the game 21-17.
Tynes came under fire from the media due to a lack of consistency late in the season and missed field goals in three straight games for the Giants; one of which came late against the Washington Redskins in a 17-16 loss and a field goal that could have ended up being the deciding points in the game for the Giants in that game. Tynes also missed the potential game-winning 54-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Giants back in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants decided to go in a different direction at kicker, as first they signed former Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler for depth, but the team ultimately signed their new long-term kicker back in March when they signed former Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams kicker Josh Brown. Buehler will compete with Brown for the starting kicker spot, but most expect Brown to win the job for 2013. Both of these signings ultimately ended the reign of Tynes, who for the most part, had been a very consistent kicker with the Giants during his six seasons.
The 35-year-old, Scotland-born Tynes spent three years with the Kansas City Chiefs before being traded to the Giants before the 2007 season and has an 81.5 kicking percentage with 190 made field goals in his career.
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