One of the underrated story-lines of the New York Giants off-season is that kicker Lawrence Tynes is a free agent. Has Tynes made you want to pull your hair out as a fan a few times? Absolutely. However, he did make a couple of huge kicks to help get the Giants to two Super Bowls, and it’s entirely possible that the Giants record would have been much worse if he wasn’t a member of the team. Will he be back though?
Well, if Tynes isn’t back, the Giants signed someone who may be his replacement in former Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler. (Okay, say your Ferris Bueller joke now. Done? Good.) Buehler didn’t play last season after injuring his hip back in 2011. In his rookie year, he led the league in touchbacks, and has a career 34.3 touchback percentage.
In 2010, he was 24-for-32 on field goals with a long of 52, and 42-of-44 on extra points. Buehler is a bit of a risk since he hasn’t kicked in a football game in two years. Obviously, the Giants saw something in him that they liked.
It’s entirely possible that a team swoops in and gives Tynes a fat contract for a kicker. The Giants don’t have the cap space, and have holes to fill and going with a younger, cheaper option at kicker may just be something that the team has to do. I don’t see the Giants using two roster spots on kickers, so Buehler wouldn’t just be a kickoff specialist.