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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