Surprisingly, moving on from Ryan Succop would actually save the Bucs more money than moving on from Leonard Fournette would (although not by much). Tampa Bay can save about $3.75 million by parting ways with its kicker while moving on from Lenny saves the team $3.5.
It’s not much, but it also goes a long way in highlighting how much of a no-brainer this move should be.
Succop will land on his feet, no pun intended. He’s one of the league’s most reliable kickers inside of 50 yards but he struggled to hit much beyond that range. He missed five kicks beyond 50 yards this season, and given how much the offense struggled to produce points, those misses were huge.
It’s completely unfair to blame Succop for the offensive’s stuntedness this year. However, looking around the league there are some big legs on good teams and the Bucs aren’t far removed from being scarred by bad kicking. That memory of how bad the kicking was before the Brady era began might make it a tough sell to fans that kicking might be easy to replace, but with the money Tampa Bay can save and potentially help other key areas of the roster, it makes a lot of sense.
If the nightmare of the Bucs kicking search of years past gives anyone anxiety, just consider the home run the team hit by drafting Jake Camarada and have faith that Succop’s replacement can be found.