The sure-footed kicker in Conner Barth was hit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ franchise tag Monday.
Barth is coming off his third, but most productive season with the Bucs, as he finished second in the NFL with a 92.9 field goal percentage, making 26 out of his 28 attempts. Barth’s 2011 season marked the best single season for field goal percentage in team history.
He ended last season making 15 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL. In Week 13 of this past season, Barth made NFL history, as he became just the third player to make four or more 40-plus yard field goals in one half – 50, 47, 46, and 44.
The undrafted rookie free agent joined the Bucs during the 2009 season, after making his debut in the NFL in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs and spent time with the Miami Dolphins as a member of their practice squad.
Barth has made 63 out of 75 field goal attempts at 84 percent and is a perfect 71 out of 71 on PATs for the Bucs.
In just his second game with the team in 2009, Barth became the first kicker in team history and the fourth in NFL history to make three field goals of 50 or more yards (50, 51 and 54) in a single game.
Barth, 25, is a solid weapon for the Bucs, and his representatives and the organization are continuing talks to settle a deal.
“I have been negotiating with the Buccaneers on a contract for Connor,” said Rob Roche, president of RSR Sports Management LLC, in a statement. “It is my hope that our negotiations will continue and result in a long-term contract that will reflect Connor’s status as one of the elite kickers in the National Football League.”