Bucs sign kicker Rian Lindell

Updated: August 21, 2013, 11:47 AM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers signed veteran kicker Rian Lindell on Wednesday, the team announced.

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Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY SportsRian Lindell, seen here kicking off against the Jets last December, was released Monday after 10 seasons with the Bills.

The Bucs previously lost Connor Barth, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon while playing in a charity basketball game during the offseason, and had signed veteran Lawrence Tynes. But Tynes has been unable to practice due to a toe injury. That has left Derek Dimke as the only healthy kicker in camp.

The 36-year-old Lindell spent the last 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and spent three seasons prior to that with the Seattle Seahawks. Buffalo cut him earlier this week as rookie Dustin Hopkins, who the Bills picked in the sixth round of April's draft, won a training camp competition for the job.

Lindell, who was scheduled to make $2.1 million in base salary, performed well this preseason, with three of his four kickoffs reaching the opposing end zone. In his only field goal attempt, Lindell converted from 30 yards.

Hopkins, 22, has a $405,000 base salary and was perfect on his field goals in the first two preseason games, converting attempts of 24, 23, 39 and 35 yards.

Lindell has made 81.3 percent of his field goals in his career and has missed only one extra point.

He converted 83.3 percent of his field goals (225 of 270) for the Bills, the most accurate percentage in franchise history. His 225 field goals and 980 points with the Bills both rank second in team history.

Lindell wrote an open letter to Bills fans on Wednesday, which the team posted on its Twitter account.

ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak contributed to this report.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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