By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
Kicker Connor Barth sustained a torn Achilles tendon last Friday while being at home in Wilmington, N.C., and after undergoing successful surgery on Monday; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that Barth will miss the 2013 season. The 27-year old Virginia native will be placed on the Non-Football Injury list. To counter the major blow of losing their strong-legged kicker, the Bucs signed the sure-footed Lawrence Tynes to a one-year deal.
Tynes, who was a Pro Bowl first alternate last season, comes to Tampa Bay from New York as a member of the Giants, where he spent the last six seasons and played an essential role in the team’s two Super Bowls victories during that span.
If anything, the Buccaneers gained a proven, clutch kicker in the nine-year veteran due to Barth’s injury. In his Giants career, Tynes has played in 81 games and converted 122-of-146 field goals attempts (83.6 percent). Last season, Tynes’ 145 points ranked second in the NFL, while his 33 field goals made tied for the second-most in the NFL, which were both career highs.
In addition, Tynes is the only player in NFL history to nail two postseason game-winning field goals in the overtime.
The Scottish-born player’s experience is what the playoff hopeful Buccaneers need to help them get to the next level.
“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,” said Buccaneers’ general manager Mark Dominik. “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.”
Barth is hopeful to be kicking in six months.
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