Typically when kickers are signed at this time of year, a team is seeking a camp leg, someone to help them get through the grind of practices and preseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wish they were so fortunate. They have added former New York Giants veteran Lawrence Tynes after learning that Connor Barth will miss the entire season after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., on Friday.
Barth declined comment according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune but he told a television outlet in North Carolina he was feeling good following surgery and hoped to be kicking again in another six months. Barth was placed on the non-football injury list.
Barth is the all-time leader in Bucs history with a field-goal percentage of 84.3. Tynes is a good find on the street at this point. He’s proven to be a clutch performer in postseason.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune