History Says Todd Bowles Wouldn’t Hesitate To Cut Ryan Succop

June 6th, 2022

Todd Bowles lived his own kicker circus when he was head coach of the Jets.

It wasn’t as bad as the Bucs’ historic Ringling Brothers run, but it was hardly smooth and typical sailing during his four-year stint.

Bowles’ good veteran kicker when he got the Jets job in 2015 was Nick Folk (before Folk tortured Bucs fans). Folk got hurt midway through that 2015 season and Bowles and the Jets pulled kicker Randy Bullock off the street and he was very solid. Heck, Bullock is still in the league.

But in 2016, Bowles went back to Folk and had kicking ups and downs before claiming kicker Jason Myers off waivers following the 2018 preseason. Myers was given the starting job and whaddya know, Myers made the Pro Bowl for Bowles and has become one of the most accurate kickers in the history of the game.

The point here is that Bowles knows that no-name kickers like Myers shine every year in the NFL. Myers was out of Marist College and cut his professional teeth in the Arena Leauge.

Bucs Super Bowl kicker Ryan Succop is 35 years old and didn’t kick a 50 yard field goal last year. He is set to earn about $4 million this season if he makes the team. Young José Borregelas lurks as Succop’s inexpensive competition in camp. He was on the Tampa Bay practice squad last season and was honored as 2020’s top college kicker.

GM Jason Licht has talked about how he wants competition, and Succop told Ira Kaufman he’s expecting a kicking war.

Whatever the kicker decision is, it very well could come down to Bowles going with whom he’s most comfortable.

And Joe doesn’t not think Bowles would flinch at calling on the untested guy, especially if it meant more salary cap cash to chase a pass rusher or linebacker depth.

28 Responses to “History Says Todd Bowles Wouldn’t Hesitate To Cut Ryan Succop”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    $4 million for mediocre with a weak leg?


    It’s Borregelas’s job to lose as long as he doesn’t pull a Gay.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    “pull a Gay”…..I saw what you did there….

    I agree…..we save $3mil and get much younger…….go with Jose…

  3. Chesapeake Bay Bucco Says:

    What I wanna know is: did BA get to keep using his golf cart at practice/OTAs?


    Succup’s as good as gone.

  5. Allbuccedup Says:

    Anything more than 2 mil is overpaying a kicker.

  6. Buc92’ Says:

    Jose for nothing please !!!


  7. Drebucsfan Says:

    Cut em and get another veteran pass rusher in here Floyd or Trey flowers would be a good addition for depth i believe Floyd would be d dominant pass rusher him and Tryon can split reps lol

  8. Dooley Says:

    I think Raachad White will be wearing the #3 jersey by week 1 of the regular season.

  9. PSL Bob Says:

    Too many games are won or lost by a field goal or a missed extra point. Got to go with who is the most reliable regardless of cost. If the most reliable kicker costs $4M, so be it. That’s a drop in the bucket when you look at the big picture.

  10. Steven007 Says:

    We will almost certainly have two new kickers this year. Pinion will obviously be cut too due to the drafted punter.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Personally, I miss BA already. But…so long as Bowles runs a good Defense, then Brady will take us all the way this year.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Steven007 Says
    “We will almost certainly have two new kickers this year. Pinion will obviously be cut too due to the drafted punter.”

    A punter could easily go on the Practice Squad. I doubt Pinion will be cut before the season starts…but if he does poorly or gets injured? You are possibly right.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    People have already forgotten our kicking woes of a few years ago…wow. Replacing a good kicker is not as easy as you people seem to think.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You don’t draft a punter to then put them on a PS….especially when you can save several million…..And, this punter is good…..can kickoff…….
    We have another punter already on the PS….

    Pinion is history

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    I’m hopeful that Bowles can teach his defensive backs what their assignments are in zone coverage, and that maybe Cooper Kupp should be covered by someone.

  16. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Luis Aguilar of the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars has not missed one kick FG or PAT. I like kickers that do not miss much.

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I hear Roberto Aguayo is still available.

  18. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, Todd Bowles would cut his own Mother, if it meant improving our team.
    Unless this new kicker really screws up, I think Succop is as good as gone, simply because of his salary.

  19. GOB Says:

    @AlabamaBucsFan, BlahahHa BlahahHa, good one.

  20. zzbucs Says:

    Succop future depends on Borregales present simple as that.

    If Borregales show stability and good leg, Succop will be gone….

  21. Buc king Says:

    Succub failed us last year vs rams…I’m open toa competition may the best man win.

  22. MadMax Says:

    We gotta save money….we didnt draft a punter with our 4th who can also kick a FG.

    Adios Ryan.

  23. MadMax Says:

    (without a reason) Jeeze, i hate the way i cant finish statements sometimes

  24. Duane Says:

    I can understand looking to cut costs, but how many games did we lose because of Succop? Dont get cute on this one. This franchise has been burned on the kicker carousel. Would be on brand though. This offense has been waaaay too successful to have to split hairs over a decision to kick 40+ yards and letting the GOAT be the GOAT.

  25. Stanglassman Says:

    Joseph could have beaten out Succup this year but I’m not so sure Borregales has that much of a chance. I believed he could before OTA but he’s not performed well so far. Especially the pressured No time out hurry up attempts. I wish him luck though it would be nice to be able to come away with points outside the 35s.

  26. FairMinded Says:

    Succop was SOLID every time he needed to come up big. How soon we forget kicker hell. Don’t screw this one up Bucs

  27. Crickett Baker Says:

    Kicker Hell remembrance still exists in the pit of my brain. It still rises up its horns instead of the goal posts. I can’t get it out of my head yet.

  28. sasquatch Says:

    Succop is nothing special. Ought to be able to replace him.