Buccaneers kicker Barth out for season

Buccaneers kicker Barth out for season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed kicker Lawrence Tynes after regular kicker Connor Barth tore his Achilles tendon during a charity basketball game and was declared out for the season. BR> Tynes was a 2012 Pro Bowl alternate. Barth will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list

"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," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said. "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 tore his right Achilles tendon while playing in a charity basketball game with other NFL players on Friday. The sixth-year veteran had successful surgery to repair the injury on Monday but won't play this season.

Barth, who was heading into the second year of a four-year contract extension signed last offseason, has made a team-record 84.3 percent of his field goal attempts since signing with the Buccaneers midway through the 2009 season.

Tynes, a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, has made 190 of his 233 career field goal attempts (81.5 percent) and is coming off one of his best seasons in 2012. Playing in all 16 games for the Giants, he made 33 of 39 field goal tries (84.6 percent) and all 46 extra point attempts for a career-best 145 points, the second-highest total in the NFL. He became an unrestricted free agent in March.

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