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Buccaneers sign punter Bryan Anger, AKA not-Russell-Wilson

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing punter Bryan Anger to a one-year contract, according to Adam Caplan and Greg Auman, among others.

Anger was originally a third-round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, infamously taken just ahead of Russell Wilson. But after four years, the Jaguars didn't re-sign him -- though the Jaguars claim that's because he didn't want to return. Another terrific argument for never spending significant draft capital on a specialist.

Anger has a massive leg, consistently finishing near the top of the league in gross punting average and ranking first in that category in 2014. Unfortunately for him, he also consistently ranked much lower in terms of net punting average -- either because he outkicked his coverage, or because his coverage teams were awful. Your mileage may vary.

Regardless of why he didn't quite succeed, though, Anger should represent a significant improvement for the Bucs. They haven't had a good punter since at least 2008, despite signing Michael Koenen to the richest punter contract in the NFL back in 2011. With Jake Schum last year averaging just 41.9 gross yards per punt -- well below Anger's 46.3. They were closer in net average, though, where Schum managed 38 yards and Anger had  39.5.

Anger and Schum will likely compete in training camp, but Anger's almost certain to walk away the victor in that one.