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Connor Barth remembers sitting in his car in the parking lot outside the Miami Dolphins’ facility in the summer of 2009, trying to decide if his NFL dream was still worth pursuing. “I didn’t even know if I wanted to play anymore because I was just down on myself,” he said.  “But I kept fighting and I ended up here and just kicked away.  I’m really excited to be where I’m at.  It’s a blessing, and I just want to continue to work and get better.” “Here” is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ facility, and it’s also his home for the foreseeable future after he signed a new four-year contract with the team on Thursday.  The Buccaneers had placed their franchise tag on Barth, a pending unrestricted free agent, on March 1, and he could have returned to the team at any time on a one-year deal simply by signing that tender offer.  Instead, Barth and the Buccaneers worked out a deal that indicates the team’s confidence in him following his record-breaking season in 2011. And thus, two years and

Bucs sign PK Barth to 4-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed placekicker Connor Barth to a four-year, $13.2 million contract. The 26-year-old who was second in the NFL in field goal percentage last season was designated the team's franchise player in March. Barth converted 26 of 28 attempts in 2011, including 15 straight to end the year. Since joining the Bucs in 2009, Barth is 63 of 75 on field goal...

Barth signs new contract with Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed kicker Connor Barth to a four-year contract Thursday. The team announced the deal in a statement but didn’t disclose financial terms. However, ESPN reported that Barth, who was designated the team’s franchise player in the offseason, will receive $13.2 million, with $4 million guaranteed. "For the Bucs organization, (general manager)...

Bucs sign Connor Barth to a four-year deal

Getty Images According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have signed place-kicker Connor Barth to a four-year contract.  His deal is worth $13.2 million with $4 million guaranteed. The Bucs placed the franchise tag on Barth at the beginning of the offseason and he recently reported to OTA’s since he was close to getting a new done completed. The 26 year-old...

Former UCLA lineman Price hospitalized

I remember interviewing then-UCLA defensive lineman Brian Price before the 2010 NFL draft, where he was taken in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I remember thinking that this kid from the mean streets of Los Angeles had everything it took to succeed in the NFL -- talent, work ethic and great intangibles. What Price hasn't had through his NFL career is good luck...

Former Bruin hospitalized after sister's death

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Brian Price, a former UCLA standout, is once again dealing with heartbreak. His older sister, Bridget, 30, died last week as a result of a car accident in Inglewood. So devastated was Price that he had to be hospitalized in Tampa from Monday through late Thursday after reporting to Buccaneers mini-camp. "He physically broke down," said his agent...

Buccaneers DT Brian Price Will Adopt Children of Late Sister

The up-and-coming Tampa Bay Buccaneers never shared to the public why defensive tackle Brian Price was missing at the team’s OTAs this week.  However, Charles Price, Price’s agent (no relation) revealed the poignant reason to the Tampa Tribune. Bridget Price, an older sister of Brian, died in a car accident last week. Dealing with the loss left Price so physically and emotionally...

Bucs’ Brian Price loses his sister, plans on adopting her kids

Getty Images Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price has been going through an extremely difficult time this offseason.  He lost his sister Bridget last week after she was involved in a car wreck.  She left behind two sons, one seven and the other nine years-old.  Price plans on adopting both boys. Price has been unable to participate in OTA’s and has actually been...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers extend K Connor Barth

I don’t think I’ve ever done a grade for a kicker signing, but Barth is one of the best in the league. In 4 seasons, he’s nailed 73 of 87 field goals, including 24 of 26 last year and is perfect on 95 extra point attempts. He also handles all the kickoffs I normally don’t [...]

Is Professional Football and Other Sports- A waste of Time, Money and Energy?

I stumbled across a posting this afternoon from the first week of May from a financial advice site, The article struck a chord with me as the author, Robert Brokamp, is obviously a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, or at least grew up watching the Buccaneers in the same era as I did. Mr. Brokamp is a Certified Financial Planner and penned an article on whether or not professional...
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