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Michael Koenen | Punter | #9

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 198
College: Western Washington
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Bucs released P Michael Koenen.
This was expected after Koenen struggled badly the last two seasons. Tampa Bay will save $3.3 million by releasing him. Jacob Schum is expected to take over punting duties. Tue, Sep 1, 2015 09:00:00 AM

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The Tampa Bay Times expects the Bucs to release P Michael Koenen.

Koenen was signed to a six-year, $19.5 million deal in 2011. He'll be an easy cut after being one of the worst punters in the league the last two seasons. The Bucs will save $3.3 million by releasing Koenen.
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 07:03:00 PM

New Bucs P Michael Koenen's six-year deal is worth $19.5 million, including $6.5 million guaranteed.

We don't normally do separate posts for special teams contracts, but this is like spending a ninth-round fantasy pick on your kicker. It just doesn't make a lot of sense, especially when Koenen finished 28th in the league in net punting average last season.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 09:05:00 AM

Bucs agreed to terms with P Michael Koenen on a six-year contract.

Atlanta franchise tagged Koenen in each of the last two years, but they weren't going to pay him another $3 million for 2011. Especially not after Koenen finished 28th in the league in net punting average. Koenen has plenty of talent, but the Bucs may have to make some tweaks to ensure this commitment is worthwhile.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 12:59:00 AM

Falcons re-signed restricted free agent P Michael Koenen to a one-year, $2.731 million contract.

The salary constitutes 110% of his 2009 base pay, which was required after Atlanta franchise tagged him two winters ago. Koenen, 28 in July, is one of the strongest-legged punters in the game, in addition to being a super kickoff specialist. He'll be a candidate for a long-term deal this summer.
Source: scout.com
Thu, Apr 22, 2010 03:10:00 PM

The Falcons have extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent P Michael Koenen.

Koenen was Atlanta's franchise player a year ago, collecting $2.483 million, so he'll be pricey to keep. The Falcons are forced to give him a 10% raise.
Wed, Mar 3, 2010 08:22:00 PM

Falcons P Michael Koenen left Sunday's game with a concussion.

Koenen may have been concussed while attempting a tackle just before the end of the first half. Placekicker Matt Bryant punted early in the third quarter, so Koenen's day is likely done.
Sun, Dec 27, 2009 03:07:00 PM

Falcons signed P Michael Koenen, their franchise player, to a one-year, $2.483 million contract.

Though Koenen was below average in many stat categories, his directional punting and hang time keyed an NFL record-low 49 punt return yards during the 2008 season. Koenen is highly talented with a big leg and his relatively low net was fluky because Atlanta often was in excellent field position.
Fri, Feb 13, 2009 04:51:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirms an NFL.com report that the Falcons will place the franchise tag on P Michael Koenen.

It's a slightly surprising decision because Koenen was below average in many statistics (gross average, net average, and touchbacks). But he's versatile and the Falcons don't have any better free agents.
Thu, Feb 12, 2009 10:50:00 AM

NFL.com's Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons will place the franchise tag on P Michael Koenen.

The franchise number for punters is $2.483 million. Atlanta's only other consideration for the tag might have been LB Michael Boley, but Boley fell out of favor under the new coaching staff last year. Koenen has a strong leg, kicks off, and can fill in at placekicker on long field goals in a pinch.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Feb 9, 2009 04:46:00 PM

The Falcons extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent P Michael Koenen.

Just tying up some loose ends. Koenen is no longer considered a viable placekicking option, but has a huge leg for punting. He was undrafted, so he likely would've been long gone without a high tender.
Fri, Feb 29, 2008 10:00:00 PM

Falcons re-signed exclusive rights free agents Michael Koenen, a punter, Corey McIntyre, a fullback, and Ben Claxton, a guard/center.

All three got one-year deals. Koenen has a huge leg and is one of the NFL's better punters when he's not trying to hit 60-yard field goals.
Thu, Mar 22, 2007 05:52:00 PM

Coach Jim Mora said Monday that the Falcons are "reviewing options" after K Michael Koenen went 0-for-4 Sunday.

"There is obvious concern with the kicking game, with the field goal kicking game," Mora said. "That is something that we are evaluating. We have not made any decisions one way or another. I think he's a good kicker. I'm going to stand by that. Some people might not think that's the right thing to do, but I just think that this kid has something to him."
Tue, Sep 19, 2006 08:42:00 AM

The Falcons will reportedly try to figure out K Michael Koenen's problems before signing another kicker like Todd Peterson.

Would they make this decision if Koenen's amazing 0-for-4 day cost them a division game? The home crowd booed him off the field in a blowout win. This is very surprising if true, but fantasy leaguers shouldn't stay as patient.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Sep 18, 2006 10:18:00 AM

Falcons K Michael Koenen was 0-for-4 in field goal attempts in Week 2, with no attempts over 40 yards. Two of the field goals were blocked.

Well that story was fun while it lasted. Look for the Falcons to bring in another kicker this week. Koenen should remain the team's punter.
Sun, Sep 17, 2006 05:30:00 PM

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