The #Titans have released nine-year veteran Rob Bironas
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) March 19, 2014
Bironas has a base of more than $2 million and a roster bonus due as well.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) March 19, 2014
Nobody saw that one coming. Rob Bironas had spent the last nine seasons as the Tennessee Titans kicker. The team released him today.
The 36-year-old kicker had seen his numbers take a dive. Terry McCormick’s tweet illustrates his field-goal percentage . John Glennon of The Tennessean reported that, over the last two seasons, his touchback percentage declined nearly 16 percent.
The Titans have Maikon Bonani under contract. One free-agent option includes Lawrence Tynes. Despite Bironas’ regression, none of these kickers are upgrades. The Titans could look for a kicker via the 2014 NFL Draft or leftovers from undrafted free agents. With just six draft picks, the latter idea seems more appropriate.
Surprising move. I understand that management wants to get younger…but it’s just a kicker. Bironas finished last season 25-of-29 (86.2 percent). He made 17 of his last 18. That was higher than his career average (85.7 percent). He was 2-of-3 from 50-plus yards.
This one could backfire on Tennessee. Or maybe they find someone with a stronger leg who can net more touchbacks while maintaining that 85-percent clip…all at a cheaper rate.
What are your feelings about this? Good move that comes right before his leg started to drop off, penny-pinching, or creating unnecessary problems?
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