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May 17, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
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Bucs Welcome Back Barth; Sides Agree On A Four-Year Deal

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After placing the franchise tag on K Connor Barth, general manager Mark Dominik had been working on a long-term deal for the team's leading scorer in 2012. Thursday the Buccaneers announced a four-year deal had been reached.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced today they have reached a four-year contract with placekicker Connor Barth.

"For the Bucs organization, [General Manager] Mark Dominik, Coach [Greg] Schiano and everyone to believe in me, to know that I'll be their kicker for the next four years, is awesome," said Barth. "It's just an amazing opportunity and I want to continue to perform like I have and live up to their expectations. I want to thank everyone - the fans, everybody, the team behind me - and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field."

Barth is coming off his best season, 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 Buccaneers history. He ended 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). In the last two seasons, Barth ranks as the fourth-most accurate kicker in the NFL, with a 87.5% success rate (49-of-56).

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.

The team also announced they have signed WR Wallace Wright and WR Armahd Lewis, while waiving T Mike Ingersoll and TE Tyler Urban. Wright has played in 53 career games over four seasons, all with the Jets. Lewis is an undrafted free agent from Central Washington University.

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    I just hope we have enough life left in him for his four year contract. I would hate to see him go the way of Capece and Gramatica!
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    Horse, good riddance to both of them. Just make a trade instead of cutting them to at least get somebody back in return. With the receivers that the Redskins picked up, does Briscoe think he will make the top 3 or 4?
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    Glad the deal is done. I am bringing up the subject of Briscoe? I would not cut him until the last game of preseason since he so badly wants to be cut now so he can go play at Washington. It wouldn't surprise me if Winslow is heading that way too.
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    Let’s look at this deal a different way! 4yrs @ 13.2mil stated differently is 64 games @ $206,250 a game. And since 4mil is the most the Bucs are obligated to pay (gauranteed), that’s 19.4 games. So if Barth doesn’t make every FG attempt within the 50yd line, he can be released at halftime in the 4th game in 2013 with no additional money owed. Not such a great deal! That Dominik is such a clever guy!
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    As I recall, one of Barth's misses was a 50+ yard attempt that hit the upright.
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    I think its great to get the kicker sign for 4 yrs, and now I see that they pickup a vet wr from the jets. The coach knows the players he wants Iam looking forward to see this team start from day one and be successful, I'd just wish I was in Tampa instead of Texas. So maybe Tampa will be on TV alittle more often up here on TV in Texasv since Iam in East Tx not in Dallas anymore-GO BUCS>
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    Glad to hear we got a deal in place with Barth. I know everyone will think I'm absolutely nuts for saying this, but I've long held the belief that the kicker is the 2nd most important position on the team behind QB. I've believed that since the 2003 season when "Automatica" missed all those kicks. Everyone wants to claim kickers aren't really football players and they shouldn't be taken too high in the draft. However, the play that has the most tension in all of football prior to the snap is a potential game winning field goal. You can win a Super Bowl without a good RB (Giants 2011), WR (Patriots 2001, 2003), O-line (Bucs 2002) or defense (Colts 2006) but you can't win without a good kicker. I'm glad we finally have a kicker I don't have to worry about. Go Bucs!
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    pinkstob, I agree with you. Where would the "Golden Boy", Tom Brady, be without Adam Vinitera? He should thank him for Gisele!
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    Great, now lets get the rest of the team playing as well as Barth has and we should have an enjoyable season to look forward to. Good job Bucs!
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