It was announced just after eight am this morning that the Buffalo Bills have cut ties to kicker Rian Lindell after being with the team for the previous decade. While the 36-year-old kicker was fairly accurate over his 13 years in the NFL, his better days were behind him as he recently has struggled to kick a field goal past 40 yards. Although, balls being kicked in Ralph Wilson Stadium have even more of a challenge as winds circle a lot more in that stadium compared to others around the league; and let’s not forget the chaotic weather, from a torrential downpour, to a blizzard that could hit without warning. That being said, being an 83.3% field goal kicker is nothing short of extraordinary.
Speaking of stats, it’s amazing to think in his entire career, Lindell only missed one extra point going 401-402 for a career. Lindell must have known the writing was on the wall when the Bills, in consecutive years, drafted kickers John Potter last season and Dustin Hopkins, who was regarded as the nation’s best kicker last year. With Hopkins being only 22 years old and having a strong and accurate leg, this release shouldn’t shock anyone, especially anyone that happens to be a Bills fan.
One can only hope that a team considers bringing in Lindell, as he is a model citizen, does a lot in the community, and at the very least, he will provide a veteran leadership to a team. On behalf of all the Bills fans across the world, thank you Rian for an amazing 10 seasons in Western New York.