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Swap market: Place-kickers face constant change

Constant change. Lack of job security. Such is life for NFL place-kickers, good and bad, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: September 7, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In 2004, itinerant kicker Lawrence Tynes ousted Morten Andersen, the leading scorer in NFL history, for the job as the Chiefs' placement specialist.

In his first three years in Kansas City, Tynes -- a native of Scotland who survived tours in the CFL and NFL Europe before getting a shot in the NFL -- converted 78.2 percent of his attempts and averaged 113.7 points. And for those efforts, he was traded to the Giants in May for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. That move came a month ...

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