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Unsigned franchise player Barth to report to Bucs

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The Buccaneers slapped the franchise tag on kicker Connor Barth in March, guaranteeing him $2.645 million for the 2012 season. Barth isn’t required to show for pre-training camp workouts by virtue of his unsigned franchise player status, but indicated Monday on Twitter that he’s en route to Tampa.

“Headin’ back down to Tampa today … excited to see all my teammates again!!” Barth tweeted.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times speculates that Barth’s decision to report to the team facility hints he may be on the verge of signing a contract extension.

Per Stroud, Barth is seeking a long-term deal worth in excess of $3 million per year. An extension with Barth could help get the ball rolling on the Jaguars’ talks with kicker Josh Scobee, who’s in a similar situation.

The Jags recently signed kicker Brandon Coutu because Scobee has been a no-show for offseason activities, and they need a practice leg. Like Barth, Scobee is currently sporting a franchise tag.

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8 Responses to “Unsigned franchise player Barth to report to Bucs”
  1. csszrr says: May 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    Why would you franchise a kicker? Or draft a punter? There is a continent or three full of them. Hell, Beckham has a second career as a Kicker/punter/kickoff specialist when he no longer feels like running around. Just ask Reggie Bush. He can vouch for me on this.

  2. againsville says: May 14, 2012 11:31 PM

    You know very little about football

  3. stevebreastonplants says: May 14, 2012 11:36 PM

    Being a kicker or a punter takes more talent than you, or I, or must of us could imagine having.

    Plus they have to be able to take the pressure.

    Especially when your own coach ices you like an idiot. Right Jason Garrett?

  4. seanb20124 says: May 15, 2012 6:12 AM

    Training camp for a kicker sounds easier than say a position player. Why not sign and hang out with your teammates.

  5. kevinb73 says: May 15, 2012 9:01 AM

    Barth has been one of the bright spots in the dismal Morris era. Glad the Bucs front office recognizes this.
    Go Bucs!!

  6. professorcolumbus says: May 15, 2012 9:49 AM

    Barth is a fine, consistent field goal kicker, but the issue with his contract is that he does not do kickoffs. He won’t get paid what other top kickers do because Koenen is getting paid top dollar to kickoff and punt.

    Also, I think Stroud is inferring way too much from that tweet (I know, Stroud pulling stuff out his butt? Crazy, right?). I am sure Barth is just going to sign his tender, not a new deal.

  7. dukemarc says: May 15, 2012 12:45 PM

    You didn’t get the whole tweet Evan:

    “Headin’ back down to Tampa today … excited to see all my teammates again!!” Barth tweeted.”Hopefully some of them will remember my name……and won’t tape my private parts to my kicking tee.”

  8. blacknole08 says: May 15, 2012 7:33 PM

    Why would you franchise a kicker? Or draft a punter?

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    When you have Olindo Mare as your kicker, you will know why.

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