Bucs Sign Veteran Kicker Rian Lindell
By Corbin Smith
Former Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell has reached a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a post on the team's official twitter account.
Yesterday, the Buccaneers brought in a host of veteran kickers for a tryout as the team continues to search for a replacement for injured kicker Connor Barth. Barth suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury playing basketball this summer and while the team already has former Giant Lawrence Tynes and rookie Derek Dimke on the roster, Tynes has been dealing with a toe injury throughout training camp and the coaching staff does not appear interested in handing the job to an unproven player like Dimke.
Lindell played ten seasons in Buffalo and converted on 283 of his 348 field goal attempts - 81.3 percent - while with the team, and he also has made over 90 percent of his career field goal attempts inside 40 yards. While Lindell has been a valuable asset for the Bills over the past decade and holds several team records, the emergence of rookie Dustin Hopkins made him expendable and the team opted to release him two days ago. He did not have to wait long for new suitors to begin contacting him and flew in to Tampa yesterday for a tryout where his performance warranted an extended look for the remainder of the preseason. With the deal officially signed, Lindell will now have a chance to showcase his talents in a two-week audition against Dimke to win the starting job in Tampa Bay.