Lawrence Tynes has kicked some huge field goals for the Giants, sending them to the Super Bowl twice in overtime. But he's also picked a good season to put up strong numbers overall because his contract with the Giants expires after this season. He could become a free agent if the Giants don't sign him to a new deal before he hits the market. Or they could put a franchise tag on him, as they did with holder and punter Steve Weatherford last offseason while working toward a long-term contract.
Those decisions are a few months away, but on Tynes' radar. And he's made a case for himself with an 84.7-percent success rate on field goals as a Giant, the team's postseason record for points (59) and 559 regular-season points, which puts him in third place on the franchise's all-time list.
"I've done a nice job here," Tynes said of his six years with the Giants (noting he spent most of the 2008 season on the bench with an injury while John Carney had a Pro Bowl season for the team). "To do that in this stadium and in these conditions, I'm happy with the way it's went. And some of the big kicks I've made. It's a pretty good time to be playing like I'm playing."
Tynes, who turns 35 in May, is in his 12th year of professional football, his ninth in the NFL (he played three seasons in the CFL). He said he always has wanted to play until he is 40. That would mean five more seasons, at least.
"It's all about how you feel, and if someone will have me at 41, I'll definitely go play," Tynes said. "It's in my blood. I definitely love this game and I do want to play as long as I can."