Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ANDREW ASTLEFORD  |  Last updated 9/18/13
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pay kicker Connor Barth 500,000 this season after placing him on the reservenon-football injury list. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik announced the agreement Wednesday, telling reporters "it was the right thing to do" after Barth tore his right Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game before training camp began in July. Barth, who has spent five seasons in the league, was set to earn 2.3 million this season before sustaining the injury July 12 in Wilmington, N.C. The Bucs were not obligated to pay any of Barth's salary this season. They signed him to a four-year, 13.2 million deal (4 million guaranteed) after the 2011 season. Barth's contract for the 2014 season was restructured to give the franchise protection in case Barth cannot make a successful, sustained return. His contract for 2015 remains unchanged. Barth, 27, has spent four of his five NFL seasons with the Bucs. He has a field-goal success rate of 84.2 percent with a career-long conversion of 57 yards, set last year. Tampa Bay signed 13-year veteran kicker Rian Lindell, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, on Aug. 21 as a possible replacement for Barth. Lindell is 1 for 2 this season, his lone miss coming on a 47-yard attempt that sailed wide left late in the fourth quarter of a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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