By Tim Graham
PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills have released the player who had been with them longer than anyone else.
The Bills this morning announced they've cut kicker Rian Lindell. The move ends one of the summer's biggest competitions. The Bills drafted kicker Dustin Hopkins in the sixth round, and the rookie's livelier leg was evident in practice.
Lindell was entering his 14th NFL season and 11th with the Bills. He holds franchise records with an 83.3 career field-goal percentage, a 92.0 field-goal percentage in 2006, 18 consecutive successful field goals in 2007 and 225 consecutive extra points.
He ranks second all-time in Bills scoring with 980 points, 31 points behind Steve Christie.
Lindell made 21 of his 24 attempts last season, but his longest attempt was only 50 yards. He tried from that distance twice, making one. Bills coach Chan Gailey was criticized for not trusting him to kick long field goals, but Lindell's leg had lost some power.
The Bills appear to have cemented their kicking specialists. They cut punter Brian Stahovich last week, awarding that job to Shawn Powell.
With Lindell gone, the oldest player on the Bills' roster is linebacker Bryan Scott, who's entering his 11th NFL season.
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