Bucs Punt Bradley Pinion

June 22nd, 2022


The man Bucco Bruce Arians called the most important free agent signing of the 2019 Bucs offseason is getting the boot.

Yeah, Arians really said that. Joe was sitting right next to him.

That player is punter Bradley Pinion, who lasted three seasons and won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. Pinion was a solid punter but great as a touchback specialist on kickoffs.

NFL Network is reporting that Pinion, who had injuries last season, passed a physical and will now get his walking papers from Bucs general manager Jason Licht. The move will deliver the Bucs roughly a net savings $2 million in salary cap cash.

For those who blocked it out, the Bucs drafted a punter in Round 4 this season, Jake Camarda, and the job is now the rookie’s to lose.

Joe might most remember Pinion for his claim that he was the Bucs’ top receiver.

It’s always a little melancholy when a Super Bowl piece, however small, leaves the building. At 28 years old, Joe expects Pinion to find a job quickly. The 30-year-old he replaced in Tampa, Bryan Anger, made the Pro Bowl last season for the Cowboys.

36 Responses to “Bucs Punt Bradley Pinion”

  1. tampabuscsbro Says:

    About to make a pro bowl like Matt Gay who was a bust………

    Thank you Keith Armstrong.

  2. Steven007 Says:

    This was basically written in stone once we drafted the punter. Good luck to him. Still a skilled player. I’m sure he’ll have an Anger like bounce back.

  3. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Also I don’t mind drafting a punter TOO much. It’s just he was taken too early should have been a 6th round pick spent on him.

  4. PassingThru Says:

    Everyone and their grandmothers anticipated this. They drafted his replacement, and it frees up cap money.

  5. Jack Says:

    Pinion did kick offs too and hope the new punter can do the same.

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Keith Armweak is the one who should be getting the boot. I agree with tbbbro.

    Special teams look like they take the short bus to games.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jake Camarda is also extremely good at kickoffs……I suspect Jake to be an upgrade over Pinion….and saves $2mil & we get younger………
    This pick was toward the end of the 4th round……as we got Otten with our extra 4th round pick.

  8. #8 Says:

    Suh. Flowers.

  9. Casual Observer Says:

    Pinion did a fine job with the Bucs. Thanks to him. But the new guy may be better. Has the potential, at least.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Pinion did not have a very good year in ’21.

    When you are a specialist in the NFL – and your contract is high for your position – you must be “good” every year or getting cut/replaced is the likely result.

    Succop is in the same boat….

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Pinion’s punting performance went downhill the last two seasons, offset by excellent kick-offs.

    I expected this cut, and praise Licht for doing it now as opposed to the end of TC when getting a job is more difficult.

    I wish Pinion well, I just also wished he had punted more effectively.

  12. BillyBucco Says:

    Can you imagine if we sign Suh now.
    Gronks money is gonna be a splash you watch.

  13. geno711 Says:

    I agree with Pickgrin. A punter as a specialist cannot have a bad year or he will be replaced. Ultimately, he made some great money in his career. He will get another shot but any sign of inconsistency and he will be out of the league for good.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I also expect Succop to get booted……same reasons……Borreales could be a bit better, at least on longer kicks…..younger……$3 mil savings…..

    We keep adding this up and maybe we can get Suh back……or an edge rusher.

  15. Smashsquatch Says:

    Succop next to go as the piggy bank continues to climb. No need to break glass anytime soon.

  16. Tony Says:

    I think that game against LA in the playoffs really killed him, too!

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    The Bucs will be probably announcing one or two more signings soon. Plenty of cap space to get a few more things done before training camp begins…

    Jared Cook and a solid pass rusher would be nice. I don’t believe Suh is coming back.

  18. ManzielMadness Says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t let Pinion compete for the job. Reminds me of when we played the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and their rookie punter (Tommy Townsend) shanked 2 punts for them. Hopefully, Camarda is our punter for the next 10 years but we don’t need to create holes on our roster.

  19. Goatfarmer Says:

    Stocking up on cap space for Suh…….

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Got a hunch they’ll let Succop go too. JL is a gambler when it comes to kickers & punters, and I think he’s willing to gamble on the 2 rookies he drafted (hey, Borregales still hasn’t suited up in a real game) to replace 2 seasoned vets.

    Of course, if history holds true then Succop & Pinion will make All-Pro this year, and Borregales & Camarda will be moving on in a year or 2. Hopefully they both rewrite history this time however. And with Keith Armstrong training them, what could possibly go wrong?

  21. #8 Says:

    Get two stout D’s. If the D can hold teams under 20, Bucs looking good.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Goatfarmer … I hope you’re right about Suh. I’d feel a LOT better about our defense with him back in the fold.

  23. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Camarda was the most nfl ready kicker in the draft! His mechanics were way better than the “punt g-d.” He has also kicked in a big conference, in big moments for years, and was doing it with the hardest football to kick for distance called the Vaper one football. That ball is considered the hardest football to kick in college. It takes six yards off his best kick and amplifies mistakes (source Isaac Punts). He also had one of the better touchback % for kickers in college. Not to mention Pat Mcafee said on his show his first impression of Camarda was “he has a Sunday leg.”

    As long as he stays healthy (mentally and physically) he should kick for years in Tampa.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    Is this some extra bait money for Gronks return?

  25. Goatfarmer Says:

    DR – I am hoping for Suh but far from confident. And, yeah – what could possibly go wrong with Keith Armstrong coaching two rookies? (Facepalm)

  26. Tony Says:

    Maybe we can bring Martin Gramatica back?😃

  27. gbobucsfan Says:

    Meet Pinion’s family at the game in Charlotte. Class act group of people. Wish him and his family well in the future.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The money might toward Suh, which would make me very happy…but it also would not surprise me if Jason Licht is still trying to convince Gronk to play one more year.

    Licht has pulled rabits out of his hat in the past.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Replacing Succop would be a hugely risky move…one that Brady would certainly not support.

    This team had struggles at kicker for years before Succop came. I think it highly unlikely we replace him with a high risk alternative.

  30. Tony Says:

    If Gronkowski is gonna retire then they need to put some of the $$$$ towards another CB, S, DE or DT. Maybe another OL wouldn’t hurt either.

  31. Tony Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring in somebody like Jimmy Graham or Jared Cook either.

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Getting rid of a decent punter is one thing, byt Succop is absoulety not going anywhere. Jason Licht of all people should know dont fix what aint broken t the kicking position.

  33. Marques Says:

    Now go sign Robert Quinn with extra cash on hand

  34. Goatfarmer Says:


  35. Stanglassman Says:

    Suh is not going to get resigned. The Bucs already told him they’re going in another direction.
    I do expect a veteran TE to be signed. With a trade with a team like the Cardinals or Ravens or a FA. Preferably one that can catch and block. Not Tanner Hudson.

  36. Goatfarmer Says:

    Does anyone know if Kieft ran a 40 yard dash? And if so was it measured with a stopwatch instead of a sundial? Like others, I’m hoping this kid turns out to be the hidden gem of all hidden gems.