In the usually quiet build up to training camp at the end of the month, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just made a lot of noise. They lost their franchises most accurate kicker for the season, but quickly found a Super Bowl winning replacement.
Both players involved started their careers with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Connor Barth, the Bucs current kicker, tore his Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game and will be sidelined for the entire 2013 season. His spot on the team will be filled by Lawrence Tynes, winner of two rings with the New York Giants.
“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 in a release. “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 entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and appeared in 10 games for the Chiefs that year. He lost his roster spot in Kansas City when Ryan Succop came in the following year. Barth moved onto the Bucs where he has connected on an impressive 84.3% of his field goal attempts.
Like Barth, Tynes signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He ended up spending three years as the kicker in Kansas City before being traded to the New York Giants before the 2007 season. All he’s done while there is become the first player in NFL history to kick two overtime game-winning field goals in the playoffs.