The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they will be without their kicker for the 2013 season. K Conner Barth suffered a torn Achilles tendon after playing in a charity basketball game last Friday in Wilmington, North Carolina. Barth was entering the second year of his contract after signing a deal with the Buccaneers prior to last season worth $13.2 million over four seasons.
Barth holds the Buccaneers franchise record for field goal accuracy, converting 92.9 percent of his kicks in the 2011 season while making 26 of 28 field goal attempts.
In order to replace Barth, Tampa quickly signed former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes. Tynes, 35, was an alternate to last year’s Pro Bowl. Tynes converted 33 of 39 field goal attempts last season and accounted for 145 total scoring points while recording a perfect 46 of 46 on PATs. Barth accounted for 123 total points. Barth was 7 for 9 on field goals of 50+ yards last season while Tynes was just 1 of 3.
Upon word of the news, Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik issued the following statement, “We are very disappointed to lose a productive player like Conner but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of the year.”
Because Barth was injured in a non-football related activity, Tampa Bay could opt to not pay him his $2.3 million dollar salary for the season. Barth was contacted by the Tampa Bay Times for comment, but stated that he has not been cleared by his agent to give comment as of yet.