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Buccaneers place franchise tag on Connor Barth

Connor Barth,  Michael Koenen AP

Connor Barth became the fifth kicker to receive the franchise tag this season on Monday afternoon.

The Buccaneers announced their decision shortly before Monday’s deadline to use the tag, all but ensuring Barth will be kicking for them come September. The move has been expected for some time as Tampa was in no hurry to say goodbye to the most consistent kicker in the history of the franchise.

Barth has made 84 percent of his field goals since signing with the team during the 2009 season. He was particularly sharp in the 2011 season with 26 makes in 28 attempts, including 2-of-3 tries from 50 yards or more. Barth has never missed an extra point since coming to Tampa.

Barth — like Mike Nugent, Phil Dawson, Matt Prater and Josh Scobee — will receive around $2.6 million if he signs the franchise tender. He and the Buccaneers are expected to keep working toward a long-term deal, though.

UPDATE: Dawson actually will make $3.8 million under the tag by virtue of being tagged as the Browns’ franchise player in 2011 as well.

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9 Responses to “Buccaneers place franchise tag on Connor Barth”
  1. bucwild05 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    Yay! Okay… Let the Free Agency begin… Break out the Check Book!

  2. kd727 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    No point in losing a reliable kicker when you have the franchise tag at your disposal. Gotta keep the players in Tampa that can actually play football. Good move by Dominik.

  3. realpro14 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    Slow sports news day…..

  4. houseofbacon says: Mar 5, 2012 4:49 PM

    Sweet deal for a kicker this good.

  5. jus10jonez says: Mar 5, 2012 4:53 PM

    I’d love to have Barth over in the Atl and leave Bosher as the punter.

  6. gatherspeed says: Mar 5, 2012 5:00 PM

    The Bucs actually cut Mike Nugent for Conner Barth.

    At the time he was kicking more like Ted Nugent. Tampa curse I guess.

  7. jjmaddog says: Mar 5, 2012 5:24 PM

    Phil Dawson will get 3.8 mill due to being a franchised player last year.

  8. elmustardo says: Mar 5, 2012 6:25 PM

    Mike Nugent missed 4 of his 6 kicks he attempted as a Buccaneer.

    Since then, Barth has been a much more consistent kicker in almost every category.

    Doesnt sound like a curse to me, sounds like The Buccaneers hired the right kicker.

  9. gatherspeed says: Mar 6, 2012 9:40 AM

    Doesnt sound like a curse to me, sounds like The Buccaneers hired the right kicker.

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    Agree 100%. I just can’t believe Nugent turned it around. He was horrible in Tampa.

    Congrats to Barth. Might be the MVP of the 2011 Bucs.

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