Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released struggling kicker Martin Gramatica on Tuesday and replaced him with Arena Football League kicker Jay Taylor.
The team's career scoring leader missed three field goals in Sunday's 21-14 loss at Carolina and was 11-for-19 overall this season. He missed seven of his last nine attempts and had not made a field goal over 22 yards since Oct. 10.
Gramatica hooked a 37-yard attempt that would have snapped a 14-14 tie with less than two minutes remaining against the Panthers. He also missed a 39-yarder and had a 26-yarder blocked by Julius Peppers.
Three weeks ago, the Bucs lost, 24-14, at Atlanta after coach Jon Gruden passed up an opportunity to attempt a 45-yard field goal that would have made it 17-all in the fourth quarter. The Falcons stopped a run on fourth-and-one, then scored the decisive touchdown a few plays later.
Carolina drove 73 yards for the winning TD after Gramatica's third miss Sunday.