PK Connor Barth, who was given the franchise tag earlier in the offseason, agreed on Thursday to a four-year contract with the Buccaneers. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $13.2 million and includes $4 million guaranteed.
Set to enter his fifth season in the NFL, Barth has emerged as one of the league’s best kickers. He has hit 83.9 percent of his field goals in his career and has never missed an extra point. In 2011, Barth made 26-of-28 field goals, an accuracy of 92.9 percent. It ranked as the best accuracy rate of any kicker last season who didn’t play his home games in a dome.
"For the Bucs organization, (GM) Mark Dominik, coach (Greg) Schiano and everyone to believe in me, to know that I'll be their kicker for the next four years, is awesome," Barth said in a team-issued statement. "It's just an amazing opportunity and I want to continue to perform like I have and live up to their expectations. I want to thank everyone - the fans, everybody, the team behind me — and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field."
The way we see it
This appears to be a win-win situation for all parties. Barth does not kick off for the Bucs — those duties are handled by P Michael Koenen — so Barth can focus on field goals. He gets the security of a long-term deal and the Bucs are happy to have a solid placekicker in the fold for 2012 and beyond.