Michael Koenen, a free agent acquisition signed by the Buccaneers in 2011, was released by the Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Koenen was set to earn $3.25 million in 2015 before his release, the fifth year of his original six-year contract.
Koenen, like most of the Bucs players, struggled in 2014. The former Falcon finished 34th in the NFL in gross kicking average (40.4) and 30th in net average (37.1).
Koenen, who also kicked off for the Buccaneers and was the holder for field goals and extra points, played six seasons with the Falcons before joining the Bucs, and has a career 42.7 average in the NFL.
The Buccaneers may end up going with Jake Schum, who averaged 51.3 yards on four punts against the Browns on Saturday night. Schum who kicked for Buffalo in college, is on his third stint with the Buccaneers, and most recently signed with Tampa Bay on August 26th. Newly acquired kicker Kyle Brindza could also get a shot as the former Lions kicker obtained in Monday’s Tim Wright trade has averaged 50.7 yards on three punts for Detroit.
The Bucs most likely will also be taking a look at the waiver wire, as the team has first claim on all released players through Week 3 of the regular season.
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We are in year two of our rebuilding year; lower your expectations this year and save yourself a lot of anxiety. Next year is the year to have high expectations. Go Bucs!
Releasing Koenen makes us better.
So why is Gilkey and Edwards still here?
With them gone we could be a LOT better!!!
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“Koenen given the boot”….you couldn’t resist Mark could you…
That’s just bootiful!
Should have booted him last year. Not worth his money by a long shot.
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