Former Clemson punter to sign with Bucs
|Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 8:17 PM-|
Former Clemson punter Bradley Pinion is set for a cross-country move to play in the NFC South.
Pinion reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday.
The Concord, North Carolina product led the ACC and set a Clemson record with 28 punts inside the 20 in his junior season before declaring for the NFL draft. He was then selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round.
Pinion was narrowly better than outgoing Bucs punter Bryan Anger in net punting average (39.1-38.9) last season but much better in the percentage of punts landing inside the 20 (32.4-26.3). The 6-foot-6 athlete also did kickoffs and was a holder for 49ers.
He has a career average of 43.7 yards per punt.
Pinion was nominated by the 49ers as a Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017.
The Buccanneers also signed former Clemson running back Andre Ellington this offseason, while losing former Tiger receiver Adam Humphries to the Tennessee Titans.
PUNTER NEWS! Free-agent punter Bradley Pinion plans to leave the 49ers to sign a four-year deal with the Buccaneers, per source. Pinion was the Niners’ 5th-round pick in the 2015 draft and also handled kickoffs in San Francisco.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 12, 2019
Comparing Bucs punters new and old: Bradley Pinion has lower punting average than Anger last year, but a higher net average. 7 more punts downed inside the 20, matched Anger with only four touchbacks. He can also handle kickoffs ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 12, 2019