The Facts: By waiving Todd France, the team tabbed Bryant as its kicker for 2005. This was a job won by Bryant, not lost by France, as both kickers were outstanding during the preseason and most of training camp. During the preseason, Bryant made four of his five field goal tries, including a 52-yarder against the Texans and an overtime game-winner against Tennessee.
Diehards Line:Whether or not it factored into the final decision, the Bucs went with the more experienced kicker. Bryant held the New York Giants’ kicking job in 2002 and 2003, making 80 percent of his field goals over that two-year span. He also had brief stops in Miami and Indianapolis during the regular season last fall.