The Buccaneers want to add competition to every position on their roster, including kicker.
That was made apparent Wednesday when the Bucs signed New York Jets free agent kicker Mike Nugent to a contract.
Terms of the deal were not available.
Nugent, 27, will compete with Bucs K Matt Bryant, who has made 82.1 percent of his career field goals. Bryant, who turns 34 this year, was 32-of-38 (84.2 percent) on field goals last season, but is just 2-of-10 on field goals over 50 yards during his career.
A 2005 second-round draft pick out of Ohio State, Nugent has made 75-of-92 (81.5 percent) of his field goals and 83-of-85 extra points as a pro. That includes 3-of-9 from 50-plus yards out.
Nugent's best season came in 2006 when he made 24-of-27 (88.9 percent) of his field goals. But he missed nearly the entire 2008 season after sustaining a thigh injury in Week 1 of the regular season.
Bryant and Nugent will compete for the right to kick for the Buccaneers in 2009 and beyond.
"It is an open competition," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told WDAE 620 on Wednesday. "We talked to Matt earlier today to let him know what was going on, and we talked to Mike about it. We understand that Matt just set a single-season point record last year, but we want to continue to increase the competition."