The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed kicker Nicholas Setta to a one-year contract Thursday, but his stay probably won’t last more than a few weeks.
The Bucs signed the former Notre Dame kicker in an effort to rest starting K Martin Gramatica’s leg.
“He might kick an extra point or field goal,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Setta. “He just got here, so we’ll try to get him to the stadium early and let him get some rhythm and some timing with our snapper. But for the most part he’ll be kicking off. We just want to try to save Martin a little bit.”
Gramatica handled all of Tampa Bay’s kicking duties during the offseason and in training camp, and was 2-of-3 on his field goal attempts in the team’s preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Setta, who played four seasons at Notre Dame and finished second all-time in school history in field goals made (46), was released by the New Orleans Saints 10 days ago.
With wide receiver Edell Shepherd going on injured reserve on Wednesday, a roster spot opened up for Setta, who joined Tampa Bay on its trip to Jacksonville on Thursday. The Bucs will play the Jaguars on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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