Rian Lindell released by Buffalo Bills after 10 seasons


Just 18 months after signing a four-year, $10.9 million contract, longtime Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell is out of a job.

The Bills have selected kickers in each of the past two drafts. Kickoff specialist John Potter lasted only six games with the organization. The pressure was on Lindell to be perfect this summer, though, to hold off sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins.

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That didn't happen, leading the Bills to announce Lindell's release Monday.

Lindell led Buffalo in scoring for the last 10 seasons while becoming the most accurate kicker in franchise history. The 36-year-old connected on 83.3 percent of his field goals in 10 seasons with the Bills. He will fall 32 points shy of Steve Christie's franchise record of 1,011.

Now that Lindell and former Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter are on the open market, teams like the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns might come calling.

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