East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Giants acquired veteran placekicker Lawrence Tynes from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
The Giants lost their kicker in the offseason when Jay Feely signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. Until the trade, they had rookies Josh Huston and Marc Hickok on their roster. Hickok was released Tuesday.
"Tynes is a veteran kicker who has kicked in some big games," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He has made some long field goals."
Tynes made 68 of 87 field-goal attempts (78.2 percent) in three seasons with the Chiefs, scoring more than 100 points each season.
However, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards didn't think Tynes was consistent. The former Jets coach wasn't happy with him when he banged a chip-shot field-goal attempt off the goalpost in a playoff loss to the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts this postseason.
Tynes' future with the Chiefs became tenuous when Kansas City drafted Justin Medlock of UCLA in the fifth round. Medlock led Division I-A kickers with 2.15 field goals per game.
"We feel better about having a veteran kicker coming in and competing for the job," Reese said. "We're not bringing him in to give him the job. He has to earn it. We feel like we have a strong young guy versus a veteran kicker and the best kicker is going to win the job."
Born in Scotland, Tynes scored 107 points last season, hitting 24 of 31 field-goal attempts and 35 of 36 extra-point tries. He also had five touchbacks. During his tenure with Chiefs, he converted six of 11 field-goal attempts from 50 yards or farther.
The trade is the second for the Giants since Reese replaced Ernie Accorsi as general manager in January. New York acquired running back Rueben Droughns from Cleveland for wide receiver Tim Carter.
Tynes spent two seasons with the Ottawa Renegades of the CFL before coming to Kansas City. He beat out veteran Morten Andersen in training camp in 2004 and converted 17-of-23 field-goal attempts and 58-of-60 PATs.