Insurance? A replacement? A bargaining-chip? It’s hard to tell what the Giants see David Buehler as. Other than the obvious: the newest kicker on their roster.
With Lawrence Tynes about to become a free agent, the Giants have signed a kicker who could wind up being his replacement and at any rate signals that the team may not be expecting Tynes to return. Buehler, who was with the Cowboys for two-plus seasons mostly as a kickoff specialist, was added to the Giants’ roster on Wednesday. The 26-year-old did not play football in 2012.
In his one year as a place-kicker for the Cowboys, 2010, Buehler made 24 of 32 attempts including a 53-yarder. He was 42 of 44 on extra point tries. He played four games in 2011 as a kickoff specialist before landing on injured reserve. Later that year he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
Tynes, 34, is coming off his most successful season as a pro having scored 145 points with 33 field goals (on 39 attempts) and a perfect 46-for-46 on extra points. Tynes twice kicked game-winning field goals in overtime of NFC Championship Games to get the Giants to their two most recent Super Bowl appearances.
He's also sure to be looking for a payday for those performances, likely the last long contract of his career. The Giants gave punter Steve Weatherford a five-year, $12.75 million contract last offseason. Tynes signed a five-year, $7 million contract with the Giants in 2008, after his overtime kick against the Packers won the NFC title game.