NFL Free Agency: New York Giants Add Kicker Josh Brown
Well, the days of Lawrence Tynes being the New York Giants kicker are officially over. Not only did they add David Buehler earlier in the off-season, but, according to reports, the team signed Josh Brown today as well. Terms are not yet known.
Brown kicked for the last month of 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He won special teams player of the month for December. He went 11-12 in field goals for the Bengals in the last month of the season. Brown was cut before 2012 by the St. Louis Rams and the New York Jets during training camp last summer. Brown was with the Rams for four seasons and came into the league with the Seattle Seahawks.
Brown ranks 11th among all active players with 1003 points in his career. He led the league in field goals made with 33 back in 2010. Brown in his career has made 81.3% of his field goals.
Tynes last year went 33-39 in field goals and made all 46 of his PAT attempts. It figures that the team wouldn’t offer Tynes another long-term big money contract. With so many other holes to fill and not a lot of money to spend, the team just couldn’t afford to keep Tynes around.
The team has some options here. Could they cut Buehler to save money and just keep Brown? Will they go into camp and let them battle it out to see who wins the job? I think the team should go into camp with both and let them battle it out for the job. Putting the pressure on both may benefit the team to see who truly is the best kicker.