Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Lawrence Tynes era likely over
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The Giants will continue to lose longtime veterans this offseason.
It certainly appears that Lawrence Tynes' days with the Giants are coming to an end. A source confirmed the Giants will sign kicker Josh Brown, which was earlier reported by the Newark Star-Ledger.
Tynes is a free agent. The Giants have been preparing for life after Tynes by signing kicker David Buehler and kicker/punter Jake Rogers in the offseason.
One thing the Giants could count on from Tynes was his ability to come through in the clutch. He helped the Giants march to two Super Bowls by making overtime field goals in the 2007 and 2011 NFC Championship Games.
Brown, 33, played in four games last year for the Cincinnati Bengals, converting 11-of-12 field goals and all eight of his extra point attempts in 2012.
He gives the Giants a big leg. Brown's career-long is from 58 yards out set back in his rookie season with Seattle in 2003. In nine of his 10 seasons, Brown has a season-high long of 52 yards or longer and has made 29-of-45 (64.4%) from 50 yards or longer in his career.
"We bring a lot of opportunities to score from a great distance," Brown said on Giants.com of what he can do with his new team. "We've kicked a number of 50-plus yarders and feel very comfortable from 55 and in, even in harsh winters and that and a lot of confidence."
Canty signed with Baltimore on Tuesday and Bradshaw and Boley remain free agents after the Giants released them in February. And it's quite possible other veterans, like Osi Umenyiora, a free agent, could move on as well.
Staff moves: The Giants announced that Lunda Wells will move from offensive assistant to offensive line coach assistant. The team hired Ryan Roeder, a former Albany quarterback who spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends at Princeton, to be the team's offensive assistant. The Giants also hired Robbie Leonard, who was a defensive assistant at NC State, to be the defensive assistant. Leonard replaces Al Holcomb, who joined the Panthers as their new linebackers coach.
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