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March 5, 2012 @ 5:22 pm
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Barth Is Bucs' Franchise Player

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The Buccaneers announced this afternoon they have placed the franchise tag on placekicker Connor Barth. Barth set a franchise record for field goal percentage in 2011.
As expected after being unable to work out a long-term deal, the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have designated placekicker Connor Barth as the team's franchise player.

Barth just completed his third and most productive season with Tampa Bay, finishing second in the NFL with a 92.9 field goal percentage (26-28), which also marked the best single season field goal percentage in team history. He finished the year making 15 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL. In Week 13 of this past season, Barth made NFL history, as he became just the third player to make four or more 40-plus yard field goals in one half (50, 47, 46, 44).

Since joining the Buccaneers during the 2009 season, Barth has made 63-of-75 field goal attempts (84.0 percent) and is a perfect 71-of-71 on PATs. In just his second game with the team in 2009, Barth became the first kicker in team history and the fourth in NFL history to make three field goals of 50 or more yards (50, 51, 54) in a single game.

Barth will make approximately $2.5 million as the franchise tagged player, an average of the NFL's top players at his position.

Last modified on Monday, 05 March 2012 20:39

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    Don't get me wrong - I'm glad that he's still on the team. But it is worrisome that to start off a free agency period that Domenik and the Glazerboys swore would be active they can't even scrounge up an extra million dollars for the kicker. Now if he was asking for insane money, I take it back. But as several teams proved this year, the kicker is the fifth most important position on the team (just ask the Ravens) and if you go el cheapo on it you get what you deserve.
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    Good morning MC, Are you guys going to cover the hiring of QB coach Ron Turner? I am curious to read your take on such an important hire and see what the comments are. Thanks for a fantastic magazine.
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    There are lots of teams franchising kickers! So, there is something that I probably don't understand about paying kickers. This seems so easy to me. Make the guy a reasonable offer (5yr, 3.2mil/yr, 2yr gaurantee, 2.5mil signing bonus) and you're paying the guy about the same annual salary for the next two years that he made in 2011. He would take that in a heartbeat. If he refuses, let him get better. This should have been done in February or earlier. Maybe we should get the right FAs and we could stop kicking so many field goals. Oversimplified I'm sure!
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    I hope that next year Tampa would double the amoount if he is succe3ssful in 2012-go bucs
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    Let's hope Barth maintains his accuracy. If he were on a more successful team, he would have been given Pro-Bowl consideration. I know many fans and radio show hosts scoff at this signing and any others already wear the red and pewter. But Connor Barth has the second highest % in the league and the highest average yards per miss. He missed just one kick that was under 50 yards. Guess who was slightly better. Our old buddy, Matt Bryant.
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