With Lawrence Tynes sitting on the sideline for much of training camp and the preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided they did not want to wait any longer, and added veteran kicker Rian Lindell to the roster Tuesday evening, according to reports.
The first report came from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez on Twitter:
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 21, 2013
Lindell is a very experienced kicker who entered the league in 2000 with the Seattle Seahawks. He would move from Seattle to Buffalo in 2003, and has been with the Bills ever since.
He has a career field goal accuracy percentage of 81.3%, but that doesn’t pain the whole picture. Lindell has five career seasons with fewer than 80% of his field goals made, and four with more than 87%. In other words, there’s definitely a bit of inconsistency to be expected from Lindell.
Over the last two seasons, however, he’s been rock solid for the Bills, connecting on 34 of 39 field goals in 24 games played, including a 12 of 15 mark from beyond 40 yards. His range over the past two seasons has not extended out past 50 yards, but the Buccaneers likely prefer accuracy to range at this point in the kicker search process.
Obviously it’s inconsistencies and frustrations that cause Buccaneers’ fans to further regret the injury to starting kicker Connor Barth, but Lindell appears to be yet another solid veteran option who will get the chance to prove he’s more worthy than Derek Dimke.