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Report: Buccaneers, Rian Lindell reach deal

The Buccaneers have added one of the top veteran placekickers available.

And he wasn’t available long.

The Bucs have reached a deal with ex-Bills kicker Rian Lindell, Alex Marvez of reported Tuesday night. Buffalo released the 36-year-old Lindell just one day ago, electing to go with rookie Dustin Hopkins.

The Buccaneers have had to scramble at kicker since Connor Barth suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in July. The club signed former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes to compete for the job, but he’s dealing with a toe injury. If Tynes remains unavailable, Lindell and Derek Dimke will vie to handle the Bucs’ extra points and field goals.

Lindell connected on 21-of-24 field goals for Buffalo in 2012. Overall, he’s hit 283-of-348 field goals (81.3 percent) in regular-season play, converting 195-of-210 attempts (92.9 percent) inside of 40 yards.

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6 Responses to “Report: Buccaneers, Rian Lindell reach deal”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 21, 2013 12:20 AM

    More like Lyin’ Rindell.

  2. houseofbacon says: Aug 21, 2013 6:29 AM

    Whew, hopefully that takes care of that problem.

  3. whysomanylosers says: Aug 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    Great, throw another kicker in there… how about adding a CB and some DL?

    A kicker is on the field for 5-6 plays a game (if we are lucky), Bucs need depth on defense!

  4. Bob Linger says: Aug 21, 2013 1:48 PM

    @whysomanylosers Right. And those 5-6 plays are scoring plays that decide mNy NFL games. Backup depth at CB and DL would be welcome, but are NOT deciding games. BTW they did add DL signing yesterday…not that great talent is out there just waiting to be signed. Sheesh. Go fail at Fantasy Ftbl GM!

  5. dchetz says: Aug 22, 2013 7:58 AM

    Ya know….. after watching him for the last 10-years I can tell you he’s a good guy, he’ll do his job, and do it right. It might not be a sexy-signing… but he’ll be an upgrade.

  6. newlydead says: Aug 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    I don’t think they are necessarily looking for an upgrade, Dimke will do just fine. This is more for giving Dimke’s leg some rest during practice. Since Dimke was the only healthy kicker on the roster he had to handle all the kicking during practice which will wear him done.

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