Kicker/punter market could miss the mark

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At a time when the market for veteran kickers and punters has been looking a lot like the market for veteran running backs, that could soon be changing.

The buzz in Indy, where tampering season is in full swing, is that agents are desperate to find jobs for kickers due to become free agents on March 12.

In recent years, teams have opted to use the franchise tag on kickers and punters because it was regarded as cheaper to play tag than to sign kickers and punters on the open market.  This year, the base tag is $2.9 million for kickers and punters.

Whether that means teams won’t use the franchise tag on certain kickers and punters remains to be seen.

5 responses to “Kicker/punter market could miss the mark

  1. I wish Buffalo would have stuck with Brian Moorman for a couple more years, at least until he retired. Our new Punter is hit or miss all day long. Our Kicker Ryan Lindell has at times been clutch and other times has looked absolutely terrible. He is usually Golden from 25 to 45, but anything longer and he struggles. I don’t expect Marrone to keep Lindell past training camp. I’m assuming that the Bills will pick-up an un-drafted Rookie Punter and Kicker to run during TC. If either prove to be better than Powell or Lindell, then I’m sure Marrone and Nix will decide to go with the Rookie or Rookies.

    The whole Special Teams scene has been different throughout the NFL since they changed the Kick-offs.

  2. Anyone who pays for a veteran free agent kicker is crazy.

    Three out of the top 6 kickers last year (Forbath, Walsh, Tucker) were rookies. FIVE out of the bottom six (Bironas, Crosby, Akers, Vinateri, Folk) were relatively high priced veterans.

    $2.9m for that kind of uncertainty is just not good business.

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