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July 29, 2011 @ 9:20 am
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Bucs Sign Punter Koenen To 6-Year Deal

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Scott Reynolds

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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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    Let's see, we've gone through a half dozen punters in recent years and were able to sign one of the better ones from a Division rival. How is that a bad thing? Who cares what you think his salary is? My daughter once dated former Buccaneer punter Tommy Barnhart. She wanted my wife and me to meet him so he invited us to dinner. My daughter instructed me to not talk about football. I promised I would pretend I didn't know anything. When she introduced me to Tommy I asked, "So Tommy, what do you do for a living?" He proudly said, "I'm an NFL football player." To which I replied, "Football player huh.....I thought you were a punter."
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    I can't believe how petty some of you guys make Buc fans look. We needed a solid punter and we took one away from a division rival. I Love it when the fair weather complainers always only want big time big name big money signings and if it isn't one then they cry and whine and even blame the G.M.? For real? Like Dominick decides how much we spend and is the one bein thrifty. Dominik spends what he is told he can spend... Think about the point before you write about it please... And don't rule out the possibility of the Glaziers not spending to the floor if the penalty is less than what they have left to get to the floor. Then you can think about supporting your team even if they don't spend all their money. s, upport your team and the players that are here that will hopefully be playing their hearts out. Hopefully they will at least fill a few holes and improve on last year which will hopefully mean takin it all the way... I'd Love to see one big signing on each side of the ball which I think would go a long way... But if they don't I won't try to verbally tear down my team and I will still follow them all the way to the promise land or into the ground... Whichever one it may be.... Go Bucs...
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    While a punter may not put "points on the board", they can certainly help pen the opponents deep and keep them from scoring as much. The contract is hard to digest now, but if he can consistently give opponents a long field, it will be a bargain.
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    It definitely is an upgrade over the punter we had last year. I think we have a bright future with this team. However not addressing the team needs through free agency, and building through the draft is the biggest cop out for Dominik. I don't think we need to go wild and sign everyone, but you HAVE TO sign a MLB. Starting a rookie or inexperienced player at that key position is not a smart move. Nick Barnett is out there (so is RUUD for that matter). If they are trying and keeping it quiet that's different, but we appear not to want to make any moves. If I am wrong Mark then I am sorry, and you have a "Helluva Poker Face". BUT our free agent splash is a punter???? I also would like a veteran D-Lineman like Gregg from Baltimore, and a veteran end even second tier is better than some of our vets. I liked the way Greg White played instead of Stylez White. Changing your name definitely didn't help your play GREG. The vets don't seem hungry or they just are not that good. I don't think we need to break the bank guys (Glazers), but show us you are committed to us the fans. I love the Bucs and always will, and support them as a season ticket holder, but show you want to win.
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    Here's the bottom line....the Bucs don't need to hit the FLOOR of the salary cap, which is 89% of the ceiling, until the end of the year (December). They aren't going to spend any money until they have to, so don't expect much of anything more in free agency. So enjoy your new punter. The only other guys we might pick up are cuts (rejects) from other teams. They'll extend some contracts at the end of the year to get above the floor by a penny! Thanks GLMIZERS...not!
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    I really find it hard to believe some of you fans know much about football. Yes, at first I thought this was a high price for a punter.... BUT field position is extremely valueable for a defense. Making teams consistantly go +70, +80 yards to score is a huge advantage for a defense. We badly needed a new punter and he fits the bill. Good signing Dom. I also agree that we dont need a corner this year. Big named FA signings are usually busts anyways. It's the lesser known guys who usually make a difference.
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    Its a punter, you don't spend tons of money on a guy that doesn't give you points. You spend it on playmakers or people that stop playmakers. I would like to see us get some depth at cb , rb or d-line. Remember our sack total and even pressure. Amobi Okoye in rotation would be a nice young grab. We need some vets to make a real run to push our young team.......GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Wow...please stop all the complaining. We do not need another CB right now. We have four guys who are starting caliber CB's on the team currently, and a fifth one in Gaitor that is going to supplant Elbert Mack on the roster and who is quite a bit of an upgrade over Mack. Talib will not be suspended because all reports state that when the NFLPA reconstitutes they are not going to agree to the league punishing guys for their actions during the lockout. They said they will take an extremely firm stance and will not agree. So the earliest Talib could see any suspension is if he is found guilty of a crime next March when he is tried. So let's stop all the "sky is falling" crap, shall we? As for Ronde, his replacement will likely be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round next year if neither Biggers nor Lewis proves capable of that role during 2011.
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    Are you guys seriously that upset about this. we do not need depth at CB or DT. We have spent 3 high draft picks on DT. We still Ronde for this year and Aqib, EJ, and Myron for years to come. Raheem loves all the corners and not to mention Ahmad Black could play some nickel. Nnamdi would be nice but we are focusing on the guys we draft and devopled. Crowatre would be a joke with his character issues, he is worse then Aqib. Plus, signing Koenen helps us pin teams back so our young and fast defense can do their job more effectively, and it hurts Atlanta.
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    As a punter he is very solid, if not excellent. We will not have to worry about the position for a number of years now. MUCH better than the 6 punters we have had in the last 2 years!! If we do sign a CB I am hoping for one of the Carrs, Brandon or Chris. They are both very solid CB's and will cost a fraction of what Joseph or Namdi(sp) would. I would have liked a bigger push on Joseph but Namdi is too old for the Bucs. We would never give that much $$ to a player that pold with a couple of years left. We are building for the future people. I like the signing of the punter and hope we fill a few more holes later. Remember, teams will still be cutting players as this process drags on, so be patient. Go BUCS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . Oh yeah, he also will handle our kickoff duties. That will save some wear and tear on our FG kicker. Worth the money for a dual position kicker. Some of his kickoffs are absolutely booming !!!
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    Same old Buc's, Glazers are looking for a loan. No CB left that's an upgrade!
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    Great move. I don't know what you guys are complaining about. To me the goal is to get a top 10 player at every position on the team. Koenen has a really strong leg and to me he is a top 10 punter in the league. We really needed a punter and he's averaging $3.25 million a year. No one should care what any player is getting paid so long as we're not near the salary cap limit. We're still trying to get to the floor! As for signing a FA CB if there's anything this coaching staff has proven they can do it's spin straw into gold in the secondary. The guy we took in the 7th round could be in the Pro Bowl by the end of the 2013 season. Also, Aqib may get suspended a few games next year but he's not going anywhere in the long run. He's not going to jail and he's not going to another team.
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    Scott doesn't mention that Koenen will be handling kickoffs as well as punts. That makes the number a bit easier to swallow.
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    This signing makes me more mad than anything! Yeah its cool we upgraded at punter but we dont need one! WE NEED A FREAKIN CORNER! Why in the hell arent we getting one????
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    Wow we signed a punter great but have no desire to get nnamdi. I dont get it. Ray edwards just signed with falcons. Come on Bucs we need to sign another CB do something here.
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    He's been on 1 year contracts with ATL for the last 2 years and they've paid 2.4 and 2.7 million for him, so it's not like Dom just doubled his pay.
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    That's a big contract for a punter. Hopefully he won't see the field much.
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    Is he Ray Guy? Sign DT Kelly Gregg ex Bronco and go after Cromartie,we have zero depth at corner and DT. Ronnie Brown probably would come cheap and we could limit is playing time behind Blount to prevent his injury prone rep.
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    First of all Gregg is a former raven. Second, how can you say we have no depth at DT? McCoy, Price, Miller, Okam, and Woods... not to mention Raheem likes to throw Bennett and Magee inside on some formations. Ill agree with you on picking up another CB but i believe Raheem likes what he already has. Come on now guy
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    I like getting a punter, but $6.5 million guranteed????? Ouch!!!!!!!
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    I cant believe the Glazers are give that much money to a PUNTER. I get it he must be doubling as a receiver or a Safety in addition to his punting duties!!
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    Good teams don't punt often why in the world would we invest that much now that there is a salary cap. There are plenty of other free agents to pursue who are on the field for more than 5 SNAPS A GAME!!!! WTF!!!!
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    This guy's contract is worth 10 times more than DeSean Jackson and Chris Johnson combined...WTF are we spending that much on a damn punter anyway. We shelled out a quarter that for the bust mike Nugent 2 years ago and that was a waste of money. how bout saving that money for Legarrett who is a free agent after this year. or any of our other young guys. HE IS A PUNTER!!!!
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    Man, anything in 7 figures is a lot for a punter. This guy must be able to keep it in the sky for a loooong time. What's his average hang time? What's his average net? If it is close to his gross and he has a high hang time, he's not allowing very many runbacks - boring, but efficient! Not mention it hurting the dirty birds!
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    This guy has a leg. IMO ATL always put more emphasis on forcing the fair catch, which hurt his average yards stat. Don't get me wrong I'd love to see another CB, but hopefully Koenen gives us a weapon instead of a ulcer inducing liability
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    I agree with skyrider. We need to pick up another CB or two, and another RB. My guess is that caddy will be back. Go Bucs!
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    I'm glad the Bucs finally got into the free agency game. Pinning the opponent inside the 20 will be awesome. Now...can we please bring in a free agent RB.
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    big contract for a punter
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    Dang...this dude got paid pretty good for punting and he's not even close to being the best punter in the league, keep in mind he was kicking in the Dome most of the time. I would have put more emphasis on getting Darren Sproles to balance our running back core, but Ahmad Bradshaw is available still. I'm not too sure about our backfield. After Blount...things get a little bleek and I think we need that change of pace back, yeah Kareem Huggins went down and we don't know how well he can go, but I'd feel a little more comfortable with some insurance.
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