The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a new kicker.

No, it’s not Matt Bryant, who is being released by Atlanta – although the Bucs have some level of interest.

Tampa Bay signed Danish kicker Phillip Andersen, who participated in the Michael Husted Kicking Pro Camp in Mobile, Alabama during Senior Bowl week in January, according to Buccaneers.com’s Scott Smith. Husted was a former kicker for the Bucs back in the 1990s under Sam Wyche and Tony Dungy.

Smith writes that “Andersen most recently kicked for the Berlin Rebels of the German Football League and has also played for the Amager Demons, Herlev Rebels and Søllerød Gold Diggers of the Danish American Football Federation, as well as the Berlin Eagles of the GFL. The GFL is the highest level of American football in Germany.”

Andersen is the only kicker the Bucs currently have under contract as Cairo Santos, who connected on 9-of-12 field goals last year after replacing Chandler Catanzaro at midseason, remains unsigned. Tampa Bay has not made a decision yet as to whether to bring back Santos or pursue Bryant.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. If signing Matt Bryant breaks our kicker curse(since cutting him seemed to start it), then just sign him. He is pretty old, but who cares; he was always a good kicker.

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    • can we just, stop with this curse nonsense lmao

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  2. Please no, no Matt Bryant, he’s like 50 years old

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  3. We let him go years ago — money? age?? — go with youth and reliable.

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  4. I don’t see anyone complaining about Vinatieri’s age.

    Bryant 2018: 20-21 FG 95.2% 33-35 XP 94.3%

    Yeah, I’ll sign him any day.

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    • They sure complained when he missed a fg and an extra point vs kansas city in the playoffs. Tampa fans would run him out of town if he missed those two kicks, especially in a playoff game.

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  5. I remember a HOF Danish kicker, Morten Andersen. Never say never. Give the kid a shot! Go Bucs!

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  6. He played for a team named “the gold diggers” lol

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  7. I understand this guy has played lots of ball in Germany…but is he like 35% good, or 95% good? Has he ever made a FG over 40 yards? etc. etc…..let’s hope Licht has done a bit more due diligence this time.

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  8. Yeah, way too old, beat the Bucs twice including a 57 yard kick. Guess with the new HC, the Glazer boys and Licht are too paranoid to look at production. All Bryant has done has proved the Bucs were complete idiots when they let him go to begin with. Whats the over/under for our “new breed” missing 10% of their extra points, and 30% of kicks over 39 yards. Seriously, not usually a betting man, but this would be a no brainer!

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    • Would not expect less from this forum. Waiting for one to come out with people who actually read something other than Ian, Rapport, etc. At least some people actually read and cover the NFL. Jim Jones, be happy, there are always those fixated on Kool-Aid. (of course this will go way, way, way over the head of most. 3-4 games were lost this year and last because of a frickin, no athlete kicker, signing one who don’t miss is obviously the answer.

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  9. I wish we never would have let Matt Bryant go, but it’s easy to look back and say that after his injury when it also could have worked out like when we kept Gramatica after his injury. Easy to say Bucs made a mistake but that’s how Football works… You take chances on hurt players and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, you can dwell on the should’s And shouldn’ts and just keep on moving forward…

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    • True as far as the should haves and would haves. Love those fans who cherry pick rookie of the years, pro-bowlers, etc., without commenting about the other 25+ teams that miss. Six Round pick Tom Brady, we’ll here about the Bucs passing him up, but never, ever, here about the other 160+ picks who missed out will we? I dare anyone to point to any team (including the best of the best patriots, who I am not a fan of in anyway except they make everyone in the entire NFL idiots). But every past draft, every future draft, someone will comment about the pick that went 100+, became a pro-bowler, and bitch and whine about “who we could have had if we had a crystal ball, didn’t go the way 30+ teams went, and trash the draft.

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  10. His age is a non-issue – he could likely remain a 80-85% FG kicker for another 3-4 years minimum. He was cut for salary considerations and wasn’t even among the top 10 highest paid,, talk about a bargain!

    Unfortunately, he’s a luxury we cant afford. A cap figure of over $3 million for a kicker (of any age) is becoming more common but when’s the last time we were anything but common? Bryant will be signed by someone, probably with a pay cut, be a special teams captain, team leader, and an ideal citizen for their community. Shame it won’t be us…….

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  11. You guys can quote Bryant’s numbers all day long but age catches up and quickly. They sign him to short deal maybe. Long deal is stupid. If he has so much left in tank and so good what are Falcons moving on? Think about it. Are they stupid? No.

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  12. God only knows.

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  13. Just once, just once, would like to see all these so called experts on the fan boards, do an analysis on how many teams missed out on a great player over the past 3-5 years while drafting a moron with all the “Combine Wow Factors” who never made their team, or the NFL more than 1-2 years- just to show the dozens to hundreds of missed opportunities by every single team in the NFL. Of course that would take actual research, seems much easier for the “commentators” to repeat obvious facts and links from those of us who brought up the same links and comments that they post days and weeks later as if they are original and actual comment.

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  14. What was the Dane’s stats when he kicked with Berlin? That is the big question. Second question: did Husted endorse the Dane to Licht? Hard to comment intelligently to this without knowing those facts.

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  15. According to the Wikipedia: David Roy Akers is a former American football placekicker. He played college … Akers also played for the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Berlin Thunder, Philadelphia Eagles, San … You get the just. David Akers was a successful field goal kicker after being plucked from NFL Berlin. Hopefully history will repeat itself!

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