Randy Bullock is moving on after spending more than four season with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Though Bullock is joining the Detroit Lions to play for his sixth team, he has played 62 games for the Bengals, which is well over half of his career. In his time with the Bengals, he made 90 of his 106 field goal attempts, 124 of his 130 extra point attempts, scoring 394 points.
After signing with the Lions, he said farewell to Cincinnati on Twitter.
“Thank you, Cincinnati!” he said on Twitter. “My wife and I are forever grateful for the memories over the last five years of my career! I’d like to thank the Brown family, Darrin Simmons, Marvin Lewis, Zac Taylor, and his staff for the opportunity!”
Bullock was originally signed to replace Mike Nugent, who grew increasingly inconsistent in 2016. He played in three games for the Bengals in 2016, but signed two contract extensions that kept him in Cincinnati for four more seasons.
The Lions have signed him for one year, on a deal worth up to $1,500,000.
Bullock was brought in to spell Nugent, and ended up playing well enough to keep his job. While he never had exceptional range, he was reliable under 40 yards. The Bengals, in the spirit of saving money this free agency, probably figured they can do just as good (or better) with a younger kicker who will cost far less.
The Bengals will be looking for at least one replacement for special teams. Punter Kevin Huber is currently a free agent, but Clark Harris has just signed a new deal to keep him in Cincinnati.