Bucs Use Franchise Tag On Former Chiefs Kicker

The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dwayne Bowe Monday and one of his former teammates received the same designation. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their tag to hold onto K Connor Barth.

The 25-year-old was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and appeared in ten games during his only season in Kansas City. Barth hit on 10-of-12 field goal attempts and was cut the following offseason after the Chiefs drafted Ryan Succop.

Barth arrived in Tampa Bay in 2009, playing in nine games and quickly landing the full time gig. He has appeared in every game for the Bucs the last two seasons and hit on an amazing 93 percent of his field goal attempts last year, a franchise record.

The tag is “non-exclusive”, meaning Barth can negotiate with other teams, but the team will receive two first-round picks if he were to leave. Basically, what that means is this tag might as well be exclusive.

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