As a direct result of current placekicker Mike Nugent’s propensity for going wide right, the Buccaneers are bringing in former Indianapolis Colts kicker Shane Andrus, as well as former Seattle Seahawks kicker Brandon Coutu to give them a look. Coutu was last year’s 7th round draft choice by Seattle. He had an outstanding career at the University of Georgia and averaged over 80% made field goals during his collegiate career.
Andrus is an undrafted free agent that attended Murray State. He is 29 years old and has never really seen any NFL action. Andrus entered the league as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He played in one game for the Colts in 2009, handling kickoff duties in their season opener against Jacksonville, from what I was able to dig up. His career stats on Wikipedia are “3 Kickoffs, 1 Touchback”. Andrus led Indianapolis with 19 points during the 2009 preseason, connecting on 5-of-6 field goal attempts and all four PATs.
After working out both Andrus and Coutu the Buccaneers announced today that they have signed K Shane Andrus, to make room for Andrus on the 53 man roster the team released Mr. Inconsistent Mike Nugent. In addition, the team released CB Marcus Hamilton to make room for the return of safety Tarnard Jackson.