Buccaneers, former kicker Lawrence Tynes reach settlement in MRSA lawsuit

Former kicker Lawrence Tynes has reached a settlement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tynes sued the team in 2015, seeking $20 million and claiming that unsanitary conditions at the Bucs' facility led to his contracting a MRSA infection in 2013 that ended his NFL career.

The settlement was reached on Feb. 10 without disclosing the terms, according to Hillsborough County court records.

Tynes was signed by the Bucs in 2013, but he never kicked for the team, as he was diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at the start of training camp.

The lawsuit claimed that the Bucs failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of the infection among other individuals who used and visited the team's facilities. It also alleged that the Bucs failed to employ necessary sterile techniques and routinely left therapy devices, equipment and surfaces unclean.

Tynes played nine seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants before signing with the Bucs. He connected on 190 career field goals and was part of the Giants' Super Bowl wins in 2007 and 2011.