In an effort to clear more cap space, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut punter Bryan Anger and signed Bradley Pinion, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to pick up more salary cap space on Tuesday, this time by parting ways with punter Bryan Anger. The move will save the team around $3 million in cap space, and after a day of signing Deone Bucannon and re-signing Ryan Griffin, they will need any relief they can get to keep adding talent.
Anger had been a member of the Bucs for the last three seasons, and before that he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was a third-round selection back in 2012; fun fact, he was selected before Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
In four years with the Cal Golden Bears, he totaled 255 punts and averaged 43.5 yards per punt during his collegiate career. Amid the controversy of him being selected so high he was named to the All-Rookie team following the season.
In 2016, Anger signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers, and a successful 2016 campaign, he then inked a five-year, $17 million contract extension through the 2021 season. In a thriving offense a year ago, Anger had the least amount of punts in his career last season with only 57.
The Bucs, in a corresponding move, signed Bradley Pinion formerly the San Francisco 49ers to a four-year deal. Pinion was a fifth-round pick of the Niners in 2015 out of Clemson where he averaged 41 yards per attempt.
He also handled the kick off duties for the Niners as well, a duty that he will be asked to do in Tampa Bay as well. Like Anger however, Pinion is coming off a career low in punts with 68 punts for a 43.7 average in 2018. For his career Pinion has averaged 43.7 yards per attempt with a long of 65.
He was awarded the NFC special teams player of the week in the ninth week of the season in 2018. Pinion recorded three punts for 164 net yards for a 54.7 average, including a season-long 64-yard punt. Per Pro Football Focus (subscription required) Bradley Pinion ranked 14th in punting grade the past two seasons, both of which were higher than Bryan Anger.
Out with the old, in with the young as the Bucs replace Anger with Pinion moving forward in order to get younger, and most likely more cap friendly.