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July 17, 2013 @ 10:09 am
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Bucs Lose Barth For The Season, Sign Tynes

Written by Mark
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Barth led the Bucs with 123 points in 2012
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The Buccaneers, riding a wave of excitement heading into next week's opening of training camp, saw some of the air let of out their balloon on Wednesday, announcing kicker Connor Barth will be lost for the season with an Achilles injury. The Bucs signed former Giants PK Lawrence Tynes.
Expectations have been building as the new NFL season approaches, with things looking up for the Buccaneers as training camp approached. On Wednesday the excitement was dampened considerably with the announcement of a significant injury. Tampa Bay announced that kicker Connor Barth suffered a torn Achilles tendon on July 12 in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C. Barth will be placed on the Non-Football Injury list and miss the 2013 season after undergoing successful surgery on Monday.

Barth, who played his college football at North Carolina, was re-signed in 2012 to a long-term deal, after being designated as the Buccaneers franchise player. The former Tar Heel is the Buccaneers sixth leading scorer in team history (383 points). Barth's outstanding 2012 season saw him connect on 84 percent of his kicks, while also hitting a career-long field goal (57 yards) against the Redskins.

The team also announced that it has signed nine-year veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes to a one-year deal.

“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said. “Lawrence and his agent, Ken Harris, had other standing opportunities, but we are pleased that they thought this was the right place for Lawrence to continue his career.”

Tynes, a Pro Bowl first alternate last season, joins the Buccaneers from the New York Giants, where he played the last six seasons and was instrumental in the team winning two Super Bowls. In his Giants career, Tynes has played in 81 games and converted 122-of-146 field goals attempts (83.6 percent). In 2012, Tynes’ 145 points ranked second in the NFL, while his 33 field goals made tied for the second-most in the league. Both were career highs.

Tynes saw his first NFL regular season action in 2004 with Kansas City. After three seasons with the Chiefs, he moved on to New York, where he helped propel the Giants to a Super Bowl title in his first season with team in 2007. That year, Tynes connected on 23-of-27 field goals (85.2 percent), including 8-of-8 from beyond 40 yards. In that season’s NFC Championship Game, played in sub-zero temperatures at Green Bay, Tynes nailed a 47-yard field goal in overtime to give the Giants a 23-20 victory. It was the longest playoff field goal in Lambeau Field history.

In the 2011 postseason, Tynes once again kicked an NFC Championship Game-winning field goal in overtime, as he gave New York a 20-17 victory at San Francisco. In doing so, Tynes became the only player in NFL history to record two postseason game-winning field goals in overtime.

Two weeks later, the Giants would defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in five seasons (2007, 2012). In the Giants’ two victories, which were decided by a combined seven points, Tynes was perfect on three field goal attempts and three extra points.

Tynes is the NFL’s first Scottish-born player (Greenock, Scotland), but moved to Milton, Fla., at the age of 10. He attended Troy University, where he graduated with a degree in criminal justice.

In addition to Tynes, the Buccaneers also have first-year kicker Derek Dimke out of Illinois on the roster.

Barth joins defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and longsnapper Andrew Economos the season prior, as Bucs players who have suffered Achilles injuries during the offseason.

–Part of this report was courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department


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    Not happy.... 1st off those types of restrictions in the contract are in place during the season not the off-season. The NFL has standard contracts. Contracts are not written from scratch. These types of restrictions just like behavior and drug testing etc.. are negotiated through the CBA. Clauses can be added or subtracted that are mutually agreed upon. But if the CBA says you cant restrict my offseason activites why would you change that. Unless Barth's Salary was guarenteed for the year he is not getting paid for a Non-footabll related injury (in a players best interest to be cautious) and If a salary is guarenteed a team can try and add offseason protections but why would a player sign that. Would you sign a contract that restricted your freedoms 365 days a year. If you say yes... you're lying. 2nd... This was a charity basketball game that inlcuded other NFL players. 3rd.. Tynes career long is 53 yards. Let me get my calculator and count on my toes but I believe thats greater than 50.
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    Having a kicker that can hit from 50+ is a great thing to have on your team. He will be missed this year. I just hope it will not cost us a game.
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    Barth is out for the season when he injured himself playing a pick up game of basketball. This is conduct that is prohibited by most NFL contracts to avoid just this kind of stupidity that can hurt the whole Buc Team. Whoever is drafting the Buc's contracts better start including such a clause in all our future contracts. Such poor concern for Barth's teammates should result in getting him to agree to a reduced salary next year or be cut! If our rookie can make accurate kicks beyond 50 yards he needs to also be retained or have our punter perfect his long kicks. He shows a very strong leg on kickoffs.
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    As everyone knows, we lost our kicker on first day of training camp(for some at least). I can't help express frustration! He was a fan favorite(I think most fans probably would find themselves hardpressed to find some player they don't like right now!); he will be missed this season.
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    This sucks he is a really good kicker and has a strong leg but I do think Tynes is a good kicker too that has been productive in the clutch, I d rather the injury happened now rather than week 8 When a guy like Tynes would have been signed elsewhere
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    Isn't Barth making like $3m per season....and hence unlikely to be back next year anyway? I like him, but there doesn't seem to be a supply-demand problem for good kickers at less than $3m per (sounds like we have two now - and that guy we had in the preseason last year was pretty good too). Not to sound unsympathetic, but couldn't we have just reached a settlement and freed up some cap space to roll into next year....maybe Dom plans to keep him around as a top paid kicker.
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    spartan: From what I understand NYG didn't want to pay him what he wanted and moved on.
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    I agree with the one year signing and hope Barth has a successful recovery and hurries back. However, Tynes has never made a FG outside of 50 yards. I admit his 84.6 % ( 33 for 39) is nothing to sneeze at. Barth was 28 of 33 (84.8%) but hit a long 57 yard clutch FG to win a game. My point is that I hope a big game does not hinge on Tynes making one outside of 50 yards. Of course, if he does make one from that distance I will eat Crow.
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    Barth was very dependable; I believe that we made a good choice because Barth will be back in 2014.
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    This is truly a shocker. Let's hope no game win hinges on making a FG outside of the 50.
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    &*%dammit! The 2nd most important position on the team tears his Achilles...in NC of all places. Does anyone know any good Achilles demon exorcists because that's 3 years in a row for us! I kind of like Tynes though so I agree with Macabee that it's a setback but could have been worse. Also, when did we cut Nate Keading? I liked him also.
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    pinkstob, just to let you know, Nick Kaeding retired last May. Agree with what you posted.
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    Tynes was a Pro Bowl alternate, 35 years old and tended to fade down the stretch last year. For a replacement though, this is a fortunate choice. I am actually not worried about this inside the 50 yard line. Where Connor excelled was his %made 50 yards or longer. The other kid, Derek Dimke, is no slouch either. He is not Kai Forbath, now a Redskin and Groza award winner, an excellent kicker we had in camp last year, but Dimke is a Groza semi-finalist and Illinois most accurate kicker in history. A setback for sure, but not major! Anyway, we're not going to need FGs this year, just extra points! LOL.
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    Curious why a probowler is not with a team this close to camp.
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