K Nate Kaeding says he's retiring

Kaeding has called it quits. (Getty Images)
Nate Kaeding has called it quits. (Getty Images)

A month after signing a contract with the Buccaneers, nine-year veteran kicker Nate Kaeding has announced his retirement.

Kaeding suffered an ACL tear in the first game of the 2011 season and a debilitating groin injury last season, and after signing with Tampa Bay in the offseason, he reinjured his groin a few days ago. And that pretty much made his decision for him.

"It's not like I can switch the way I kick, or change this way, or use a different muscle," Kaeding told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. "Especially for me, and the way I kick, that's the main lever in the kicking motion. It's impossible to avoid it, and I've got these chronic issues."

Thus, the two-time Pro Bowler leaves behind a career, mostly for the Chargers, in which he made 86.19 percent of his field goal attempts -- making him the fourth-most-accurate kicker of all time.

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