Buccaneers make great move with recent player decision

Ryan Succop, Bradley Pinion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Succop, Bradley Pinion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The writing has been on the wall for the Buccaneers and Bradley Pinion for a while now. The axe has finally fallen on the aging punter.

Not that it should come as a surprise to anyone, but the Buccaneers have a few more cuts coming over the next few months as they inch closer to camp.

There are sure to be a few surprises as the team has to trim the fat in one way or another, but there are also a few obvious moves that some fans may actually celebrate.

The Buccaneers cutting Bradley Pinion is one of those moves that needs to be celebrated.

No one ever wants to diminish a player or their contributions during a Super Bowl run, especially not a guy that was a captain on special teams and genuinely good for most of his career, but Pinion’s time was up.

This move became a guarantee from the day the Buccaneers spent a fourth-round pick on a punter, but it was probably still on the minds of the coaching staff from the end of last season. Pinion struggled as a punter and as a kickoff specialist, so a change was needed anyway.

Now, the Bucs have a younger, better punter that is going to save the team something in the neighborhood of $2 million. This money can go to a number of different places and should pair nicely with the money that Tampa won’t have to spend on re-signing Rob Gronkowski.

It’s hard to say goodbye to some players, but keeping Pinion after what the Buccaneers invested in a punter would’ve been a dramatic mistake. There will still be a bit of a prove-it period for Camarda during camp, but that practice spot will at least go to a new player with a better chance of making the roster.

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