By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Rian Lindell – Signed by the Bills in 2003

Kickers in the National Football League aren’t known for their job security. One bad game, or a couple of bad kicks, and a placekicker can be on the unemployment line. It’s good to salute, then, someone who manage to stay with the Bills for 10 years.

Rian Lindell had won the Seahawks’ kicking job in 2000, and had done well in three seasons there. The Bills thought he would be an upgrade over Mike Hollis, particularly when it came to leg strength, so they signed him as a restricted free agent.

Lindell needed little time to make an impact. He had a so-so initial season with the Bills but then improved noticibly. Lindell converted on 92 percent of his field goals in 2006. He never reached that height again but his percentage was in the 80s in seven of his 10 years as a Bill.

By the spring of 2013, the Bills saved a little money on the salary cap by releasing Lindell. He eventually was replaced by Dan Carpenter. Lindell kicks for Tampa Bay for one season and then retired.

Yes, this was a pretty nice moment:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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