December 7, 2023

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Matt Bryant Tells ESPN Journalist That Returning to Tampa is a Real Option

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ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Kicker Matt Bryant #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers misses a game-tying field goal against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Veteran kicker Matt Bryant told Vaughn McClure of ESPN that a reunion with the Buccaneers is definitely a real option as soon as free agency begins.

The Falcons recently released the Veteran kicker, and soon after Bucs fans began talking about the kicking curse left in Bryant’s wake. Whether or not a kicking curse is real in Tampa Bay, one thing is for certain, the fact that after Raheem Morris released Matt Bryant due to cap issues, the Bucs have suffered through a multitude of kicking woes.

There is no doubt that Bryant feels hurt by released by the Falcons, where he spent a majority of his professional career [10 year] and wouldn’t mind kicking some game winning FGs against his former team. Joining up with the Bucs, another former team he loved, would give Bryant the opportunity.

Bucs new Special teams coach Keith Armstrong has strong ties to Matt Bryant as he was, his special teams coach for a decade in Atlanta. Armstrong was the one who brought Bryant to the Falcons in 2009.

Matt Bryant signed a 3-year $10,100,000 extension, last March with the Falcons, but the team decided to release him.

Matt Bryant is well known by Tampa fans as the man, who kicked the 62-yard FG against the Eagles on October 23, 2006.

During Bryants time four seasons in Tampa [2005-2008], he has hit 83.1% of his FG attempts and 98.4% of his extra point attempts. Lifetime [18 years] he is 86.2% on his FG attempts and 98.8% on his extra point attempts; A far cry from anyone we have had on the team since.

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