Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) celebrates with Titans punter Brett Kern (6) after kicking a field goal against the Houston Texans during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

REPORT: Tennessee Titans Release Kicker Rob Bironas


 

 

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.

Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk reports that the team saves $2.875 million against the cap. He had a $250,000 roster bonus due this week (ESPN).

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?

SOURCE
Pro Football Reference

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