Today, the Buccaneers have strengthen their special teams by adding a top notch punter. The Bucs have agreed to terms on a contract for Bryan Anger, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.com. Caplan reported that the deal is also a one-year deal. Now, I expect the deal to be about $1 mil or $2 mil.
In addition, Anger was one of the surprise draft picks back in the 2012 draft, who was memorably selected by the Jaguars in the third round just ahead of players like T.Y. Hilton and Russell Wilson. Now, he joins Tampa after spending four seasons in Jacksonville. Throughout those four years in Jacksonville, the 27-year-old averaged 46.8 yards per punt.
However, the Jaguars decided not to re-sign the California product when he became a free agent this year, instead they landed ex-Panthers punter Brad Nortman on a four-year contract, which Nortman is a top punter as well, but most likely cheaper than Anger.
In fact, Anger picked the Bucs over the Panthers, who had some preliminary talks with Anger, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Seems that Anger loves the beaches and sun as he played in California (grew up there) and played his whole NFL career so far in the state of Florida.
Finally, Jacob Schum was the Buccaneers’ punter in 2015, where he made his NFL debut. Schum averaged just 41.9 yards per attempt, which ranked second-last in the league among qualified punters, but his net average was a fair 38.0, and opposing returners totaled just 140 yards on his suitable punts. Schum was a step up from Michael Koenen, but Anger is a huge step up over Schum.Lastly, this does not mean Anger gets the job right away, but he has the best chances on winning it.