Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman has had a terrific career, and he’s a fan favorite in Buffalo due to his many years and solid performances with the team. However, Moorman is 37, and it’s become clear that he is declining in skill, so there have been some questions as to whether or not Moorman will retire. There have also been rumblings that the Bills could simply cut ties with Moorman and go after a better punter, since the veteran has been one of the worst punters in the league this year.
ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Rodak reports that Moorman wants to keep punting with the Bills organization, and he went a step further by saying that he believes he is “kicking as good as ever”. That’s an interesting statement to make, and Moorman is trying to re-assure fans and the organization that he still “has it” and isn’t declining. His poor numbers and inconsistent punting this season paint a different picture of Moorman’s skill-set, and he has all the traits of a declining player.
Hopefully Moorman can stay with the Bills and bounce-back next year, since I don’t think anyone wishes anything but success to a guy like him. But it’s becoming clear that his days in this league are numbered, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bills sign on an impressive UDFA and replace Moorman, who is an impending free agent this offseason. He hasn’t had at least five touchbacks in a season since putting up ten in 2011, and he spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations (played for the Cowboys in 2011, lost his job with the Steelers before the season when they signed Zoltan Mesko) in 2012 and 2013.