The New York Giants watched former kicker Lawrence Tynes kick them into two Super Bowls, but apparently that wasn’t enough for them as the Giants chose to not bring him back after his five-year deal expired. Instead, the Giants replaced Tynes with Josh Brown, who used to play with the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, and Cincinnati Bengals.
The Giants also signed former Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler, but they waived him about a week ago so the job appears to be going to Brown unless he has a horrible camp. However, it really hasn’t been figured out exactly why the Giants cut ties with Tynes. It took awhile for Tynes to latch on with a team. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under a month ago to a one-year deal.
Tynes didn’t have much leg strength last season, as he notably missed a 54-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles that would’ve given the Giants a win. The kick was very accurate, as it was right down the middle. However, Tynes came up short on his kick. He still connected on 85 percent of his field goal attempts, and considering what the Buccaneers paid to get him, it’s a head-scratcher the Giants didn’t keep him.
Brown hasn’t shown to be better than Tynes, but he’s a year younger. That’s definitely not the reason why the Giants made the move. Some teams change kickers often so no one will be looking at this move and scratching their head. However, it leaves you to wonder exactly why Tynes wasn’t brought back, considering he signed for under $1 million with the Buccaneers. I guess we may never find out.