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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Bucs have K Connor Barth for long term

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, who had been carrying the franchise tag, now has a new four-year contract.

The Bucs just announced the news.

“For the Bucs organization, [general manager] Mark Dominik, coach [Greg] Schiano and everyone to believe in me, to know that I'll be their kicker for the next four years, is awesome,” Barth said. “It's just an amazing opportunity and I want to continue to perform like I have and live up to their expectations. I want to thank everyone -- the fans, everybody, the team behind me -- and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field.”

Barth finished second in the NFL last season with a 92.9 percent accuracy rate on field goal attempts (26 of 28) and that also set a franchise record for a single season. Barth ended the season making 15 consecutive field goals and has the longest active streak in the NFL.

The franchise tag was costing the Bucs $2.6 million in salary-cap space. We don’t know the exact terms of Barth’s new deal yet. But it’s likely worth more than $3 million per season. There were eight kickers in the league that averaged at least $3 million per year last season.

The Bucs also announced they have signed wide receivers Wallace Wright and Ahmad Lewis. The team has waived offensive tackle Mike Ingersoll and tight end Tyler Urban.