Rob Bironas, Titans agree to new, 2-year contract

3/8/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a new contract with veteran kicker Rob Bironas, the team announced on Thursday.
 
Rob Bironas was scheduled to hit the free agent market on Tuesday. But now he will return to complete his ninth season with the Tennessee Titans.
 
“Free agency is free agency, but this is home,” said Rob Bironas. “I wanted to be here, and they knew I wanted to be here. I’m excited about it. Fortunately everything came together.”
 
The new contract is reportedly a two-year deal, worth around $6.7 million. Rob Bironas made $2.85 million in 2012.
 
Last season, Rob Bironas made 25-of-31 on his field goal attempts and 35-for-35 on extra point attempts, while scoring 110 points (ranking 9th in AFC). However, Rob Bironas struggled last season, as he tied a career-high six missed field goals – a number he hasn’t reached since 2006. Rob Bironas also finished with his third lowest career field goal percentage of 80.6.
 
Still, Rob Bironas has rapidly progressed since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001, made round NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers from 2002-2005, but never making the active roster until signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2005. Rob Bironas is ranked third all-time most accurate kicker in NFL, connecting on 85.6 percent of his field goal attempts.
 
“I’ll come back next year and be stronger and have a good year,” said Rob Bironas. “… Fortunately none of my misses ended up costing us a game.”
 
Rob Bironas’ 916 points trail only Al Del Greco (1,080) for the title of franchise leading scorer.
 
This season, the 35-year-old Rob Bironas will work under Nate Kaczor, who was promoted from offensive line coach to special teams coach after Alan Lowry was fired at the end of the season.
 
“I am going to miss Alan, we were together for eight years and he’s been one of the top special teams coaches in the league. So it will be different,” said Rob Bironas. “I thought we were doing well from a special teams category, but we’ll go from this point forward and continue to try and improve. I’m looking forward to working with Nate and moving forward.”
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