2012 NFL Free Agents: Kickers and Punters

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2012 NFL Free Agents – Kickers:

  1. Josh Scobee, K, Jaguars. Age: 30.
    Franchised by Jaguars

    Josh Scobee was 23-of-25 last year, including 5-of-6 from 50-plus. He rebounded nicely after hitting just 64.3 and 78.6 percent of his field goals in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

  2. Matt Prater, K, Broncos. Age: 28.
    Franchised by Broncos

    Matt Prater is unbelievably clutch, which is exactly what you want out of a kicker. He was also 3-of-4 from 50-plus. Prater deserves a relatively large contract this offseason.

  3. Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Buccaneers

    One of the league’s top kickers, Connor Barth drilled 26-of-28 tries last year, including 13-of-14 from 40-49 and 2-of-3 from 50-plus.

  4. Josh Brown, K, Rams. Age: 33.
    Signed with Jets

    Cut one day prior to his 33rd birthday, Josh Brown went just 21-of-28 last year, but is only one season removed from hitting 33-of-39 attempts.

  5. Neil Rackers, K, Texans. Age: 36.
    Signed with Redskins (1 year)

    Neil Rackers’ field-goal percentages over the past four years: 89.3, 94.1, 90.0 and 84.2. He’s 7-of-9 from 50-plus in the previous two seasons. Only his age (36) is a concern.

  6. Rian Lindell, K, Bills. Age: 35.
    Re-signed with Bills

    Rian Lindell went 13-of-15 in 2011 before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder issue. He’s still reliable as ever.

  7. Phil Dawson, K, Browns. Age: 37.
    Franchised by Browns

    Phil Dawson missed a couple of game-winners in the middle of the season, but he finished 24-of-29, including 7-of-8 from 50-plus.

  8. Steven Hauschka (RFA), K, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Steven Hauschka was a surprising 25-of-30 in 2011. Let’s see if he can have another solid year.

  9. Mike Nugent, K, Bengals. Age: 30.
    Franchised by Bengals

    Mike Nugent went 33-of-38 in 2011, including 14-of-16 from 40-49. However, he’s just 3-of-8 from 50-plus dating back to 2007.

  10. Ryan Longwell, K, Vikings. Age: 38.
    Ryan Longwell didn’t hit at least 83 percent of his field goals in a season for the first time last year since 2005. He went 22-of-28, though he did nail 2-of-3 from 50-plus. He’s actually 10-of-11 from that distance in the past four seasons.

  11. Graham Gano (RFA), K, Redskins. Age: 25.
    Tendered by Redskins

    Who knows if Graham Gano would have hit the five kicks that were blocked in 2011? He was at least reliable otherwise last season.

  12. Jay Feely, K, Cardinals. Age: 36.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (2 years)

    Jay Feely just had his worst year as a pro, going 19-of-24 on attempts. He had two misses from inside the 40.

  13. John Kasay, K, Saints. Age: 42. — Re-signed with Saints
  14. Nick Folk, K, Jets. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Jets
  15. Rhys Lloyd, K, Giants. Age: 30.
  16. Dave Rayner, K, Bills. Age: 29.

2012 NFL Free Agents – Punters:

  1. Mat McBriar, P, Cowboys. Age: 33.
    Signed with Eagles

    Mat McBriar is a very good punter who usually finds his way into the top 10 of net average every year.

  2. Steve Weatherford, P, Giants. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Giants (5 years, $12.75 million)

    Steve Weatherford averaged a whopping 45.7 yards per punt in 2011 with 25-of-82 attempts inside the 20.

  3. Donnie Jones, P, Rams. Age: 32.
    Signed with Texans

    Donnie Jones averaged 44 yards per punt with more than a quarter of his tries going inside the 20.

  4. Dave Zastudil, P, Cardinals. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (2 years)

    Dave Zastudil had a pretty good year, maintaining a 45.2 average with 24-of-87 attempts inside the 20.

  5. Jason Baker, P, Panthers. Age: 34.

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