Giants sign kicker Josh Brown to replace Lawrence Tynes
Lawrence Tynes, who kicked the Giants into two Super Bowls, has been replaced.
The Giants signed veteran kicker Josh Brown Wednesday to a one-year cap-friendly contract with the expectation that he will take over for Tynes, who became an unrestricted free agent this week. Tynes, coming off his most impressive season with the Giants, was looking for a multiyear contract.
They brought in kickers David Buehler and Jake Rogers earlier this offseason as insurance against losing Tynes, but the agreement with Brown is a strong indication that Tynes will not be back.
"Josh is an experienced, proven kicker in this league," general manager Jerry Reese said. "Just like we try to do at every position, we expect great competition for the placekicking job, and that will only make us better."
Brown, 33, competed against Nick Folk at Jets training camp last summer but lost out on that job. Eventually he was signed by the Bengals to replace injured Mike Nugent and Brown was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month for December 2012.
Brown has played for the Seahawks, Rams and Bengals. His career-long field goal is 58 yards and throughout his career he's connected on 81.3 percent of his field-goal attempts (231 for 284). He has the third-most field goals of 50 yards or more in NFL history (28), trailing only Jason Hanson (52) and Sebastian Janikowski (40).
"We bring a lot of opportunity to score from a great distance," Brown told Giants.com in a video interview shortly after signing. "We've kicked a number of 50-plus yarders and feel very comfortable from 55 and in, even in harsh winters. That with a lot of confidence brings an opportunity to score a lot of points and help the team out when things don't go the way they thought they would."
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