By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills have brought back a familiar face to handle the team's punting job, signing Brian Moorman late this morning.
The 37-year-old Moorman holds or shares eight team records for the Bills. He replaces Shawn Powell, who had replaced him last season. Powell was released Friday.
Moorman has been out of work since being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the start of the regular season. He spent the first 11 full seasons with the Bills after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2001 out of Pittsburg State. Moorman then beat out Powell -- an undrafted free agent out of Florida State -- in training camp in 2012, but the team made a change after a Week Three victory at Cleveland by releasing Moorman and bringing back Powell.
The opposite was true this year: Powell's release Friday came after a poor performance in a loss at Cleveland on Thursday night.
Moorman spent the rest of 2012 with the Dallas Cowboys -- finishing with a gross average of 44.6 yards and a net average of 38.9 yards on 56 punts in 12 games.
For his career he's the Bills' record holder in the following categories: Most punts (862), longest punt (84 yards), highest career averge (43.92 yards), highest season average (48.22 yards in 2011), highest single-game average (57.83 yards on Oct. 8, 2006 at Chicago) and most punts inside the 20-yard line in a career (243). He also shares team records for most punts inside the 20-yard line in a season, with 33 in 2006 (John Kidd had 33 in 1985) and most punts inside the 20-yard line in a single game, with five (done on two occassions and tied by Spike Jones, Rusty Jackson, John Kidd and Chris Mohr.
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