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Buccaneers’ Barth Out For Year After Achilles Tear

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Connor Barth should stick to playing football. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.
Connor Barth should stick to playing football. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Connor Barth tore his Achilles tendon while playing in a charity basketball game on Friday. Barth underwent surgery earlier today, but he’ll miss the entire 2013 NFL season.

Last season, Barth hit 28-of-33 attempted field goals for an 84.9 percent success rate, and was a perfect 39-for-39 on extra point attempts. In the second year of a four-year, $13.2 million contract he signed last season, Barth is in danger of missing out on the $2.3 million he was set to make this year after being placed on the reserve/non-injury football list.

The Buccaneers signed former New York Giants K Lawrence Tynes to replace Barth, so they’ll still have a reliable place-kicker for the upcoming season. They really couldn't ask for a better veteran kicker to replace Barth so close to the start of training camp.

"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," said Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. "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."