A day after Bucs kicker Mike Nugent missed two field goals during a three-point loss to the Redskins, Nugent is now the former Bucs kicker.
Per Steve Duemig of WDAE in Tampa, the Buccaneers have cut Nugent.
It was obvious that coach Raheem Morris wasn’t happy with Nugent based on comments from earlier in the day.
“Kickers are not my real expertise, but he missed them,” Morris said, per Pewter Report. “The only thing that really matters about a kicker is the
result. When you go out there you either make it or you miss it. If the
operation looks good, the snaps looks good, the hold and we missed two
field goals. It was a windy day. I’m not going to make excuses, and sit
here and make excuses for anybody, but their kicker made kicks in the
wind. Our kicker has to make kicks in the wind.”
Two free agents will participate in a kick-off on Tuesday. The winner gets the job. (The loser gets a Water Pik.)
One of them won’t be Matt Bryant. Bryant, per Duemig, is off to New York, where the Giants seem to be prepared at a minimum to take a shot across the bow at Lawrence Tynes, who has missed one field goal in each of the team’s last three games.
Duemig says that the contests in Tampa will be Brandon Coutu and Shane Andrus.
As a vested veteran, Nugent is entitled to take the balance of his base salary as termination pay. Per NFLPA records, Nugent’s base salary is $2 million.
That’s not a typo.
Two. Million. For a kicker no one wanted in free agency.
Mark Dominik, you seem like a nice guy. But we hope you’re renting, not buying.