If you thought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ MRSA-related issues left the building with Greg Schiano earlier this year, you were unfortunately mistaken.
Pro Football Talk and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times both reported updated facts in the curious case of Tynes on Wednesday, and the almost-comical conclusion both reporters came to is that there’s a good chance Lawrence Tynes will actually be a Buccaneer for the 2014 NFL season.
For a short while, at least.
Both outlets report that because Tynes was placed on the non-football injury list, his contract for 2013 may roll over into 2014. This isn’t what the NFLPA wants, of course, as they believe Tynes should be a free agent. This all stems from the Buccaneers’ decision to place Tynes on the Non-Football Injury list rather than Injured Reserve, which means Tynes didn’t technically serve an accrued season by NFL standards.
Tynes clearly won’t figure into the team’s plans at kicker, as Mike Florio of PFT reported it’s unclear whether he’ll actually kick again in the NFL due to damage done to his foot as a result of the MRSA, but Florio also reported the Buccaneers are attempting to trade the former Giants’ kicker for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.
Talk about adding insult to injury.
The Buccaneers have no use for Tynes, but it can’t hurt to see if someone will offer them a draft pick in exchange for the veteran kicker, especially in an offseason where not many players at that position will be available. That is, of course, if he remains on the roster and the NFLPA doesn’t win it’s grievance to have him declared as a free agent due to the Buccaneers’ alleged poor treatment of the kicker.