Super Bowl winner joins Falcons following shocking Buccaneers release
It didn’t take long for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl champion and punter Bradley Pinion to find work again. Pinion signed a one-year contract with the division-rival Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Veteran punter Bradley Pinion is signing with the #Falcons on a one-year deal, source said.
Released by the #Bucs last week, Pinion is fully healthy now and gets to face Tampa twice a year.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 30, 2022
Pinion, 28, was released by the Buccaneers a week ago. The seven-year veteran endured an injury-riddled campaign in 2021, battling hip injuries and appearing in 15 games.
The Buccaneers drafted Georgia’s Jake Camarda in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, all but signaling the end of Pinion’s time in Tampa. Now presumably healthy, Pinion will get a chance for revenge against his former team, as Atlanta will suit up against the Bucs two times in 2022.
The Falcons needed a punter after they lost veteran Thomas Morstead in free agency. Pinion figures to have the upper hand in any punting competition against 24-year-old Dom Maggio.
The veteran special teamer has averaged 43.7 yards per punt in his career. It’s a solid addition for the Falcons’ special teams unit.