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Nate Kaeding decides to hang up his cleats

Nate Kaeding, Mike Scifres

San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding (10) is congratulated by punter Mike Scifres (5) after kicking a field goal during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Kicker Nate Kaeding signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers this offseason, but apparently won’t be joining them after all.

Kaeding told Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen that a recent groin injury caused him to decide to retire. The University of Iowa football team also sent out a retirement message on their Twitter account.

The longtime Chargers kicker and two-time Pro Bowler — part of the trade haul from the Eli Manning deal with the Giants in 2004 — was with the Dolphins briefly last year.

He was only in Tampa as camp competition for Connor Barth anyway, not expected to win that job.