Brian Moorman, the Buffalo Bills long time punter whose career took off in Western New York back in 2001 is beloved by fans ever since after spending two uneventful years with the Seattle Seahawks. While I am a fan of him and all he does on and off the field, after this season he will be 39 and his abilities have plummeted in the last few years and likely will continue to do so in 2014
In recent years, the Bills have massively overhauled their team and infused it with a great deal of youth with the exception of special teams until last year when they cut long time kicker Rian Lindell and two years ago they did in fact cut Moorman and replaced him with Shawn Powell. When the Powell experiment “failed”, he was released and Brian Moorman was brought back and was welcomed with open arms from most Bills fans. While providing an unpopular opinion to the die hard loyal followers of Brian Moorman, I do have a solution despite it won’t be a cheap one but it will make the Bills special teams infinitely better for the long term.
They should sign Johnny Hekker who is the current St. Louis Rams punter to a long term (ideally five or six year) deal which worth at or or around three million dollars per season for the length of the contract. While most would think that’s a lot of money to pay a punter but the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers signed Michael Koenen to a six year 19.5 million dollar contract in 2011 so this has precedent to pay a player so much money. A six year contract would make him in the early part of his 30s where he could be re-signed for a shorter deal and ultimately retire as a Buffalo Bill. Hekker has had 160 punts for a total of 7,365 yards for a 46 yard per punt average which are all-pro numbers.
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