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Here is the sad truth.  Only seven players in the entire history of the NFL have played beyond the age 44 (Bryant will be 44 in May). Of those seven, only TWO played beyond age 45. Sure, Bryant could be an anomaly like Morten Andersen and George Blanda and keep going into his late forties... but odds are that won't be the case. It sucks, but it really is a safer bet for the team to go younger and less expensive because eventually even future Hall of Famers careers must come to an end.

Bryant was nursing back issues on and off the last two seasons and then missed games due to a muscle pull from making a long kick. Yes, he was still money for us this past year, but how long before the lingering back issues start costing him games? Or the soft tissue injuries start happening more frequently? A 44 body isn't going to recover the same way it did in the past and sooner rather than later he is going to be done. Am i sad about it? Absolutely! Bryant has been a huge part of our team the last 10 years but this really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody when we kept Tavecchio on the roster. They clearly wanted to go younger and less expensive at the position rather than risk another Jason Elam situation where he hits the end of career wall during a season.  The team can't afford to have that happen with a kicker making over $4M.

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So if we kept Bryant this year and had to let Italian ice go and then Bryant retires next year is Bryant going to stick around to help us find a replacement kicker? Probably not,

I hope when things cool off the Bryant family does not take it so personally and it sucks some dumb*** like swift had to stir the pot.

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6 hours ago, pa_falcon_fan said:

Here is the sad truth.  Only seven players in the entire history of the NFL have played beyond the age 44 (Bryant will be 44 in May). Of those seven, only TWO played beyond age 45. Sure, Bryant could be an anomaly like Morten Andersen and George Blanda and keep going into his late forties... but odds are that won't be the case. It sucks, but it really is a safer bet for the team to go younger and less expensive because eventually even future Hall of Famers careers must come to an end.

Bryant was nursing back issues on and off the last two seasons and then missed games due to a muscle pull from making a long kick. Yes, he was still money for us this past year, but how long before the lingering back issues start costing him games? Or the soft tissue injuries start happening more frequently? A 44 body isn't going to recover the same way it did in the past and sooner rather than later he is going to be done. Am i sad about it? Absolutely! Bryant has been a huge part of our team the last 10 years but this really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody when we kept Tavecchio on the roster. They clearly wanted to go younger and less expensive at the position rather than risk another Jason Elam situation where he hits the end of career wall during a season.  The team can't afford to have that happen with a kicker making over $4M.

Sane and sober post.

Let your potential next 10 year Kicker go over loyalty to a fault?

Italian GT was a combined 5for5, with a 56 yard long, in those 3 consecutive games Money was hurt. Including that 3for3 and the long kick in Prime Time.

Dude is 28. Making pennies. 

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7 hours ago, pa_falcon_fan said:

Here is the sad truth.  Only seven players in the entire history of the NFL have played beyond the age 44 (Bryant will be 44 in May). Of those seven, only TWO played beyond age 45. Sure, Bryant could be an anomaly like Morten Andersen and George Blanda and keep going into his late forties... but odds are that won't be the case. It sucks, but it really is a safer bet for the team to go younger and less expensive because eventually even future Hall of Famers careers must come to an end.

Bryant was nursing back issues on and off the last two seasons and then missed games due to a muscle pull from making a long kick. Yes, he was still money for us this past year, but how long before the lingering back issues start costing him games? Or the soft tissue injuries start happening more frequently? A 44 body isn't going to recover the same way it did in the past and sooner rather than later he is going to be done. Am i sad about it? Absolutely! Bryant has been a huge part of our team the last 10 years but this really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody when we kept Tavecchio on the roster. They clearly wanted to go younger and less expensive at the position rather than risk another Jason Elam situation where he hits the end of career wall during a season.  The team can't afford to have that happen with a kicker making over $4M.

True, but sad.    Vinatieri at age 46 was starting to show it this year - especially in the playoffs.  I think the Cardinal's have an older kicker on roster as well.    

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