Buccaneers luck out with recent rival free agent signing

Bradley Pinion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Bradley Pinion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons just added one of the worst punters in the league in former Buccaneers player Bradley Pinion. This does actually help Tampa.

This is likely going to come off a bit harsher than it was actually meant to. Bradley Pinion was not a bad player for the Buccaneers for the majority of his Tampa career.

Pinion was a captain, good on kickoffs, and he did well on punts despite a lackluster special teams department.

Unfortunately for both parties, Pinion ended his time with the Buccaneers as one of the worst punters and kick off specialists in the NFL.

Pinion put the ball out of bounds at the wrong times. He kept the ball on the field at the wrong times. His punts didn’t go far enough or hang long enough. Even when taking injuries into account, the product on the field was unsatisfactory.

The Bucs made the right decision to move on from Pinion, even if it came on the heels of a wrong decision in spending a draft pick on a punter, but the quality at the position and the price tag should improve with this move.

The Falcons then going out and signing Pinion made this deal all the better.

The Buccaneers still struggle on both sides of special teams. Going up against a bottom-tier punter and a weaker option on kickoffs is only going to make life easier for Tampa when they play the Falcons.

Atlanta already wasn’t a great team and they look like they will end up punting a lot. This should be music to the ears of the Buccaneers if Bradley Pinion’s last season in Tampa was any indication of where he is at as a player at this stage of his career.

Bucs fans should be grateful for what Pinion brought to the table for a few years. They should also be grateful that their team will get to go against him a few times in 2022.

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