The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced kicker Connor Barth’s release Monday afternoon.
The move was inevitable after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up in the second round to draft Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo at No. 59 overall. Included in Monday’s announcement was the waiving of defensive end Martin Ifedi.
A team press release included a statement from general manager Jason Licht regarding Connor Barth and his five combined seasons with the Bucs.
“Connor has been a productive and efficient kicker in the league over the years and I know he still has plenty of kicks left in his career,” the statement reads. “This past weekend we drafted Roberto Aguayo because we believe he is special and we decided to release Connor in order to give him the best opportunity to explore the market and find the best situation for himself. We would like to thank Connor for all that he has done both on and off the football field during his time as a Buccaneer and we wish him continued success in the future.”
Barth came to Tampa Bay in 2009 after spending his first NFL season in Kansas City. He remained in a Bucs uniform until 2012. The 30-year-old North Carolina product then missed the entire 2013 season when he tore his Achilles tendon while playing an offseason charity basketball game.
Tampa Bay cut ties with Barth leading up to the 2014 season and he eventually landed with the Denver Broncos for a portion of that year before reuniting with the Bucs last fall. From August to October, Barth was signed, released and then re-signed by Tampa Bay.
As a Buccaneer, Barth made 114 of 136 field goal attempts (83.8 percent) and 135 of 136 extra points.
Ifedi, 24, was drafted in the seventh round of last year’s NFL draft by the then-St. Louis Rams before coming to Tampa Bay.
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I wish him the best.
I hope we still have his number on the rolodex in the event the greatest kicker ever to come out of College is a flop. Just sayin.
I know he will get a job kicking somewhere…probably New Orleans or Minnesota. Best of luck to Connor Barth.
A pure class act and excellent kicker. With a 83% rating, he is going to be missed. I wish him continued success in the NFL.
I am at acceptance….
Connor Barth will definitely find another roster to be on before September. Best wishes to him & his family!
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