The Bucs made it clear over the course of camp that they wanted someone to compete with incumbent starter Matt Gay, but it looks like they may have found his replacement, instead.
The #Bucs have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Ryan Succop, source said. Terms not immediately available, but change potentially afoot in Tampa.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2020
The Chiefs made Succop Mr. Irrelevant of the 2009 NFL Draft, but the designation had no bearing on his future as he made 119/147 (81%) of his field goal attempts and 162/162 of his extra point attempts with the Chiefs from 2009-2013. He then moved on to Tennessee where he made 116/134 (86%) of his field goal attempts and 154/163 (94%) of his extra point attempts from 2014-2018.
Succop underwent offseason surgery on his knee before the 2019 season started. Reports were the procedure was to get the knee “cleaned up”. The recovery didn’t go as planned, however, and Succop was placed on the IR-return list before the season started.
He returned after the first eight weeks of the season, but was clearly not himself as he made just 1/6 field goal attempts and 24/25 extra point attempts in six games. The Titans put Succop on IR on December 18, officially ending his season.
Gay was also in competition with Elliot Fry and even Cody Parkey as of late, but it looks as if Succop made the lasting impression on the Bucs’ coaching staff.