Consistency by Barth pays off with big deal

Connor Barth can come around One Buc Place now to do more than show support for his teammates.

The kicker showed up on Tuesday, had a chat with general manager Mark Dominik and saw familiar faces. But he didn’t do any work as he was still working for a long-term deal as the club had placed the franchise tag on him.

Now, Barth has that deal. Tampa, which entered the offseason with an extraordinary amount of salary-cap space, signed Barth to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $13.2 million and includes $4 million in guarantees. Barth, who made 26 of 28 field goals last season, was slated to earn $2.6 million with the franchise tag. Now, he’s far exceeded that and if he continues to perform well it will be money well spent by the Bucs.

It will be interesting to see how many more players with the franchise tag can strike deals before the deadline at 4 p.m. (ET) on July 16.

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