Connor Barth signs four-year, $13.2 million deal with Bucs

AP

Connor Barth, the Buccaneers’ franchise kicker, will be staying in Tampa Bay for at least four years.

Barth has signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract that includes $4 million guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Even though he hadn’t signed his franchise tender, Barth reported to the Bucs for offseason work this week, which was a strong indication that he thought things were going in the right direction in contract negotiations.

The 26-year-old Barth went undrafted in 2008 and bounced around the league for a year with the Chiefs and Dolphins before signing with the Buccaneers in 2009. He had his best season in 2011, making 26 of 28 field goals, with a long of 55 yards, plus all 23 extra points.

8 responses to “Connor Barth signs four-year, $13.2 million deal with Bucs

  1. Want to know the most telling stat? He made all 23 of his EP! There is a problem if you kick less EP than FG, hence the coaching change and complete roster overhaul (Somewhat). Good luck Buc fans, and let’s hope Mr. Barth can make more than 23 EP!

  2. avg. of $3.3 million per year… is he the highest paid kicker now? Janikowski? either way… good for him… man I wish I was better at kicking.

  3. 23 XPAT (23 or so Touchdowns) is pretty pathetic… not for Barth, but for the buccaneers. Rodgers and Brees threw for double that.

    Also, I believe Janikowski got 4 yrs, $16M.

  4. 23 EPs was pretty pathetic, just shows how atrocious the offense was last year. But as a field goal kicker Barth was as solid as they come. Glad they got this deal done.

  5. What wasn’t mentioned in the article is that he’s a “Field Goal Specialist”. Meaning, he’s not even the best at kickoffs on the team. Don’t get me wrong, the guy had a good season place kicking and I’m glad he’s back, but if you’re not a top-shelf kickoff kicker, should you really get the big bucks?

  6. Not trying to defend the Bucs 2011 offense, but they did go for an unusual amount of 2-pont conversions. They were always behind, then there was that weird Packers game. There were more TDs than just 23.

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