Buccaneers Cut Matt Gay

The Buccaneers are waiving Matt Gay, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. With that, the Bucs are set to roll with Ryan Succop as their primary kicker.

[RELATED: Bucs Sign Leonard Fournette]

Gay was the league’s fourth-highest scoring kicker as a rookie in 2019 and made five of his eight tries from 50+ yards. Still, the Bucs wanted a more experienced option. Earlier this week, they inked Succop and dropped Elliott Fry, putting Gay in a two-man race for the gig. A few days later, they made their call.

Succop made just 1 of 6 field goals in his final Titans season, which began and ended on IR. But, before that, Succop played in every game for the Titans from 2014-18 and made at least 83% of his field goals in each of those seasons.

In bigger Bucs news, the club welcomed running back Leonard Fournette to Tampa on Thursday. The former No. 4 overall pick joins incumbent Ronald Jones, rookies Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais, and fellow newcomer LeSean McCoy on TB’s RB depth chart.

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  1. hersch

    Kind of an odd move. Gay had a very good rookie year. It’s not mentioned in the article but did they save money by cutting Gay and signing Succup? By all accounts they did need some room under the cap for Fournette as he signed for $2M base and they reportedly only had $1.9M of cap space available.

    • wagner13

      I’m assuming it had to do with the five missed extra points. Otherwise, he actually fared rather well for a rookie kicker. If I were the Jets or Raiders, I’d pick him up to push Ficken/Carlson for the job

  2. bradthebluefish

    I understand Arians wanted more consistency at the position and Gay, even this past month, was still missing within 30 yards. Not good.

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