Kicker Nate Kaeding signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers this offseason, but apparently won’t be joining them after all.
Kaeding told Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen that a recent groin injury caused him to decide to retire. The University of Iowa football team also sent out a retirement message on their Twitter account.
The longtime Chargers kicker and two-time Pro Bowler — part of the trade haul from the Eli Manning deal with the Giants in 2004 — was with the Dolphins briefly last year.
He was only in Tampa as camp competition for Connor Barth anyway, not expected to win that job.