Connor Barth out for 2013, Bucs sign K Lawrence Tynes as replacement

7/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsWhen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked Connor Barth to a four-year $13.2 million contract last offseason, the front office did not imagine that the kicker position could be an issue again for a longtime. However, that all changed on Friday after Barth suffered an Achilles injury.
According to the Buccaneers’ release, Barth suffered the Achilles injury during a charity basketball tournament on Friday. On Monday, he underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon. Barth is expected to sit out the entire 2013 season while rehabilitating from the Achilles injury, the Buccaneers announced on Wednesday.
Barth holds the franchise-record of making 84.3 percent of his field goal attempts since signing with the Buccaneers midway through the 2009 season. He also set a single-season franchise record by making 92.9 percent (26-of-28) of his field goal attempts in 2011. Last season, Barth connected on 28-of-33 field goal attempts.
While losing a franchise kicker just before training camp in July can be an ominous sign for any team, the Buccaneers diligently searched for a solution and picked up one of the top veteran placekickers remaining on the market, adding two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes to their roster.
"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," general manager Mark Dominik said on Wednesday. "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."
The 35-year-old Tynes spent six seasons in New York while appearing in 81 games, since joining the Giants in the 2007 season. Tynes helped the Giants to two NFL titles (2007 and 2011). He also recorded two of the biggest kicks of his career with the Giants in separate championship games, converting game-winning field goals in overtime to send the Giants to the Super Bowl. The first one was a 47-yarder, which came after two earlier missed field goals, against the Green Bay Packers in the frigid conditions of the 2007 NFC championship game. Tynes also had a 31-yard field goal against the 49ers in the mud and slop of Candlestick Park a little more than a year ago.
The nine-year pro was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and ranked second in the league in scoring with 145 by making all 46 of his extra-point attempts and a career best 33-of-39 field goal attempts.  Tynes became an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season and was replaced in New York by kicker Josh Brown, who signed to a one-year deal with the Giants in March. The Giants had also signed former Dallas Cowboys placekicker David Buehler in February.
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