Bucs P Bryan Anger – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Despite having the name Anger, Bucs punter Bryan Anger is all smiles today.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Saturday that the team has signed Anger multi-year contract extension. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the extension is a five-year, $17 million deal ($3.4 million/year average). The extension makes Anger one of the five highest-paid punters in the league.
“We brought Bryan here this past offseason believing he had the ability to be one of the best punters in the NFL and he performed as such in 2016,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “We are always happy to reward our own players and thrilled to be able to keep Bryan with the Buccaneers for years to come.”
Anger (6-3, 205) joined Tampa Bay in 2016 and is in the midst of the top punting seasons in team history, setting franchise records for punts inside the 20 (32) and net punting average (42.4) – both career bests – while also establishing a new team record for gross punting average (45.9). This season he ranks fifth in the NFL in punts inside the 20 and fourth in net average.
Anger’s punting has helped the Buccaneers have one of the top punt return coverage units in the NFL, with the team allowing only 5.6 yards per punt return, the fourth-lowest mark in the league this season and the fourth-best in team history. At New Orleans in Week 16, Anger had a net average of 51.0 on three punts, the best mark by a Buccaneers punter dating back to at least 1991 (min. three punts). Facing Seattle in Week 12, Anger had four punts downed inside the 20, the most by a Buccaneers punter since 2005 (Josh Bidwell, 10/16/05 vs. Miami).
The Camarillo, California native originally entered the league as a third-round pick (70th overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft. Anger, who played collegiately at California, spent his first four seasons (2012-15) with Jacksonville, before coming to Tampa Bay. Through the past five seasons, Anger has played in 79 games, punting 425 times for 19,841 yards (46.7 avg.), with 145 punts inside the 20 and a net average of 40.5. His 145 punts inside the 20 during that span are tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.
The Buccaneers still have a number of their own players who could become free agents in March, but plan to try and lock up some of them prior to free agency. Defensive tackles Akeem Spence and defensive end Will Gholston are two of the more prominent names on the list that also includes safeties Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald, along with center Joe Hawley, receiver Russell Shepard and a number of others.
– Portions of this report courtesy of the Tampa Bay Bucs communications department
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
VERY good move, smart and good for both parties. Anger’s punting was especially pivotal in the Buccaneers five game win streak and he should be in the Pro Bowl IMO. ^5!
This is a damn solid signing. His punting has won games for us this year. His ability to drop it inside the 10 is impressive.
Super move IMO…
Best Kicker Signing all season
Well deserved, Anger has been pivotal on ST this year and has done very well flipping field position for us. Hopefully we don’t need him as much in the coming years but he’s a very valuable insurance policy.
Well deserved contract and he’s locked up for a while. Here are the Bucs 2017 free agents. I think they lock up Gholston and a few others. Who do you think they keep/let walk?
Hawley, but move him to G
Let go the rest and find younger options
The Bucs ought to break off CB Josh Robinson a lil sumthin sumthin. For every great K/P, you need that Special Teamer in the right place at the right time. Josh was money this year. JMO.
Got to resign Shepard, he’s like having a Swiss Army knife.
Great now we just need a FG kicker…..lol
Don’t be so hard on the guy. He definitely turned his season around after such a bad start
Can you imagine making that kind of money to kick a football at the max 6 or 7 times a week?
Still glad we’re keeping him.
My old friend and original punter Dave Green must be in shock at the salary. That’s a lot of screen enclosures huh Dave? I used to think back-up QB was my dream job. Now punter looks like a pretty sweet gig. Don’t forget, Anger is also the holder on place kicks. That’s the market price and Anger has well earned it. Best 2016 free agent signing.
Hopefully Roberto continues to to perform as he has recently. Long-snapper seems solid. Gunners are great. Now, if we only had a kick returner who was a threat or just smart enough to do a Colin Kaepernick impersonation and just kneel down in the endzone.
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