Many Bucs fans have questioned why punter Michael Koenen is still on the roster, especially after high-priced underperforming players like Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson have been released. Koenen’s salary ($3.25 million) makes his future is shaky at best, and now the Bucs have added some competition at the position with the signing of free agent punter Andrew Wilder.
Wilder (6-3, 205) played collegiately at Northern Arizona University, where he served as both a punter and kicker. During his time with the Lumberjacks, Wilder led all FCS punters with a 46.3-yard average in 2012 and ranked fifth in 2013 with a 44.5-yard average.
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Wilder was a free agent during the 2014 NFL season.
– Part of this report is from the Buccaneers Communications Department
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I would’ve thought with him being a FA all last season and the way Koenen performed we would have signed him at some point during last season. Was Koenen’s salary guaranteed last season?
Wonder if Wilder can kickoff through the end zone ?
I work at NAU…Go Lumberjacks! I’ve gone to quite a few games over the last few years, but I can’t recall his play. Too much tailgating, most likely…lol. Good for him. I hope he does well. He certainly can’t be worse than what we already had…
Nice avatar wilie. You look familiar.
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