Hopkins was the highest rated kicker in this year’s draft and the Buffalo Bills wanted to bring in competition for their veteran Lindell. Well it didn’t take long to name Hopkins the starter.
@SportsnetTicker: #Bills release Rian Lindell. His 81.3 FG% is the 10th-best in NFL history among kickers with at least 250 FG made.
After their second preseason game, the Buffalo Bills cut ties with Lindell.
@buffalobills: Marrone: timing of Lindell release gives him a chance to catch on with another team.
Lindell just signed an extension, but the Bills still felt that Hopkins was a better option.
@adbrandt: Bills’ Rian Lindell, released today, signed $11 million contract with $3.6 million bonus last year. Treasure to trash.
I think Rian Lindell will latch on somewhere, he is Money in cold weather situations. He will not be out of work long.
Hopkins spoke on the situation today:
@buffalobills: K Dustin Hopkins on Rian Lindell: “I find myself in a paradox. Honored & blessed with opportunity, unfortunate part of pro sports”