The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a new punter in former Falcon Michael Koenen to a six-year deal worth a reported $19.5 million. The deal comes with $6.5 million in guaranteed money.
The Buccaneers' first free agent signing from another team was a blow to a division rival. Tampa Bay is expected to announce the signing of former Atlanta Falcons punter Michael Koenen to a six-year deal worth $19.5 million. The deal includes $6.5 million in guaranteed money.
In six years with Atlanta, Koenen averaged 42 yards per punt over his career with 150 punts downed inside the 20 and only 32 touchbacks. Koenen and averaged 40.7 yards per punt in 2010, with 29 punts downed inside the 20, which was just one shy of his career best of 30 in 2007, and just five touchbacks.
Koenen also has been used as a long-distance field goal kicker, but has made just 4-of-13 kicks in his NFL career.
The Bucs went through six punters in two years before settling on rookie Rob Malone last year. Malone, who started 12 games for Tampa Bay in 2010, averaged 41.5 yards per punt with 17 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and five touchbacks in his first season in the NFL. He struggled with consistency and when the opportunity presented itself for the Bucs to land a new punter to serve as an upgrade they were able to do so in free agency.
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