The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that kicker Connor Barth will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.
According to the Buccaneers, Barth suffered the injury while playing in a charity basketball game with other NFL players last Friday night. Barth underwent surgery on Monday, but with a six-to-ninth month recovery time, he is not expected to return to the field at any point during the 2013 season.
Barth, 27, joined the Buccaneers midway through the 2009 season after previous stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. In 56 games over the last three-plus seasons in Tampa, Barth is 91-of-108 on field goal attempts, an 84.3 percent success rate that is highest in franchise history. The Buccaneers designated Barth their "franchise player" last offseason before signing him to a four-year, $13.2 million contract that included $4 million in guaranteed money.
Barth is scheduled to earn $2.3 million in base salary this season, with $500,000 guaranteed. Since the injury happened off the field, the Buccaneers could place Barth on the "non-football injury" list and attempt to renegotiate his contract to include a "split" salary, which would pay him at a reduced rate while he is on the reserved list this season.
In addition to the Barth injury, the Buccaneers announced the signing of veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes.
"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," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement released by the team. "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."
Tynes, 35, has a career-high field goal percentage of 81.5 percent during a nine-year career with the Chiefs and New York Giants, where he earned two Super Bowl rings over the last six seasons. Tynes is coming off a season where he connected on 84.6 percent of his 39 field goal attempts.
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