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Barth Out For A Long Tynes

July 20, 2013 at 11:05am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

This wouldn't have happened if he had kept his whitey fro.

The guy who honestly could have been the team MVP for a couple different seasons will be spending 2013 in the tub. Connor Barth tore his Achille’s at a charity basketball game in North Carolina, and since it is my understanding that the Achille’s tendon is important for keeping your foot attached to the rest of you, he probably shouldn’t be kicking for a while.

Barth was entering the second year of a four-year, $13.2 million contract he signed shortly after being designated the Bucs’ franchise player in 2012. Because Barth was injured in a non-football-related activity, the Bucs could decide not to pay his $2.3 million base salary for 2013.

If Barth had pulled a Terrell Suggs and was just playing in some pickup game with his buddies, I could see this being a possibility. But this was a police benefit, and not paying him sends the message to the rest of the team to not participate in any charitable causes that require movement of any kind. “Sorry, I can’t sit at your table and sign autographs since I might injure my tailbone on your chair.” So I’m sure Barth will get paid.

To replace him, the Bucs signed Lawrence Tynes, the Giants kicker who posed for this picture:

I thought there was nothing anyone could do to make me not like Christmas.

Oh, kickers.

But you remember him because he made a couple clutch kicks for the Giants. He was also the goat a couple times, but we’ll pretend we don’t remember those. Actually, Tynes was statistically about the same kicker as Barth last year. He was tied with him at #17 in the league in field goal accuracy (85%) with a long of 50 yards. Barth is much better from long distances, but Tynes doesn’t seem to miss as many shorter ones. I’m comfortable with him as a replacement. He’s not afraid of a big stage and knows how to make pressure kicks. He’s a good get and I’m surprised he was actually still out there.

“We had other things sitting there that we wanted to act on and could’ve,” [agent] Harris said. “I kept saying, ‘The right situation will come up,’ and it did. I agree they were lucky from the standpoint that (Tynes) was available, but it was really a matter of us waiting for the right thing to open up.”

I’m not buying that for a second. Free agent kickers are like workers hanging around Home Depot. There are a lot of them and if one of them gets an offer, he generally doesn’t wait around for a better one. It makes me think there is a reason he was available, but he’s clean off the field and seems to be a good guy. He had a knee problem in 2008, but that’s ancient history. So if there was something keeping other teams away, it’s not important enough for us to care about.

Here’s to a quick recovery for Connor.

4 Comments to “Barth Out For A Long Tynes”

Glen_Runciter

Glen_Runciter (July 20, 2013 at 03:46pm:

on one hand: yeah, it sucks. he had a stretch when it looked like he can’t miss, and was generally really dependable.

on the other hand: Tynes is a surprisingly strong pickup, as you said, statistically almost the same. had a few ugly stinkers in spotlight situations, but those happen. still, I hope Barth will play for us next year.

on the third, mutated hand: A MONTH SINCE YOUR LAST POST? I know it’s the offseason, but come on, tumblr pr0n is on it’s deathbed, I can’t live without bucstats, too!!!!444four

Mark S

Mark S (July 20, 2013 at 04:00pm:

It would be nice to know how much Tynes is getting. I did not think they could keep it secret.
One article I read stated that cap can be carried over to next year and creates an incentive to not pay Barth. That’s interesting and I think a new feature. Scott is that true?

manbearpig

manbearpig (July 20, 2013 at 05:13pm:

It was probably that picture that kept him unsigned.
Tumbler pr0n is alive and well my friend.
Glad your on the right side of the dirt Scott, I was getting worried.

campyone

campyone (July 20, 2013 at 06:56pm:

Nice that he did this for charity but playing basketball for any reason seems like a foolish thing for any NFL player to do, especially a kicker. Maybe not as foolish as doing wheelies on a motor scooter you’ve never driven before but close.

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