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September 18, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
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Bucs Restructure Barth's Contract

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Gil Arcia


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The Buccaneers and kicker Connor Barth on Wednesday agreed to a restructure of his contract. Although the Bucs were not obligated to pay him a dime, general manager Mark Dominik and the Bucs will give him a salary for 2013.
A mystery that remained out in the circles of media and fans is what was going to be the fallout from kicker Connor Barth’s Achilles injury that he suffered this offseason. That question was answered on Wednesday.

As first reported by ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, the Buccaneers will be honoring $500,000 of Barth’s 2013 $2.3 million salary. They also adjusted his 2014 salary, reducing his base salary from $3.15 million to $2 million next season. It’s a kind gesture by organization considering the fact that they were not obligated to pay anything to their injured kicker due to the team placing him on the Non-Football Injury List.

“We have a lot of respect for Connor, and we really like him as a person and as a player, both," Dominik told the media, including Jenna Laine at One Buccaneer Place earlier on Wednesday. "He’s been a good Buccaneer. I think that’s why we were able to find common ground between ourselves and Connor’s agent, and just kind of giving him a chance to do it, but at the same time, you’ve got to protect the club, so that’s why we restructured the contract a little bit. We also felt like $500,000 was very fair for everything in terms of when you look at the entire picture.”

Barth tore his Achilles tendon on July 12 during a basketball game in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C. He had successful surgery on July 15 to repair the injury and is expected to be ready for next season.

Barth’s absence has been felt as his 2013 replacement, veteran Rian Lindell, missed the opportunity to put Tampa Bay ahead of the New Orleans Saints with one minute left this past Sunday. 

The former Tar Heel is an 84.2 percent career field goal kicker. He was 18 of 22 from 40 yards or more last season.
Last modified on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:48

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    may still be our best kicker....perhaps he can use his left foot?????...where's Dimke?
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    Wise move. Paying lots of $ to a kicker with a serious knee injury is not usually good for business. Hope he comes back 100% in 2014.
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    @nminley...not his knee, his achilles...same thing that Bowers and Suggs did last year...they both seem to have come back fine...well relatively speaking :-)
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    He will be missed this year come on 2014 GLH
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    Good move AND a classy move. Win win and great for Connor.
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    Good move. Incentive to return next season and return the favor by remaining sharp.
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