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Injured Barth, Bucs reach deal on salary

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pay injured kicker Connor Barth this season, even though they are under no obligation to do so.

According to media reports, the team will pay Barth $500,000 this season. The Hoggard High School and UNC grad was scheduled to make $2.3 million this year before rupturing his Achilles tendon during a charity basketball game in Wilmington this summer. The team does not have to pay Barth anything because he suffered a non-football injury.

"We figured it all out, we worked it all out and I think both sides are happy," Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik said yesterday. "We're happy we were able to come through that process and make him feel comfortable. We understand this is an unfortunate event that happened with one of our players, and we're excited to, a year from now, have Connor back out here competing."

Barth signed a four-year contract worth $13.2 million after the 2011 season. The deal included $4 million guaranteed.

The agreement between Barth and the team reportedly means his salary for 2014 will be adjusted from $3.15 million to $2 million, but the kicker could recoup the full amount through bonuses.

"I thought it was important because Connor's been such a good kicker for us [for him] to have every chance to earn all the money that he could in the final two years," Dominik said. "We made sure that he's able to make all the money that he can make, assuming he makes our team."

Barth ranks as the most accurate kicker in franchise history.

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Charity event?

I don't know but I assume most pro contracts prohibit some outside athletics. I bet these athletes are constantly bombarded with requests from charities. Looks like to me it would have been better for the charity, and better for Connor Barth, if he had just donated $10,000 to their cause. Of course, nobody would have expected this injury. But next time, I hope the charities recognize how they could impact the athlete. And the athlete might get a lesson in how to politely decline. I know this sounds easy in hindsight. Unfortunate all around.

It is called "supply and

It is called "supply and demand". He is in demand and they are gonna
supply the cash to keep him locked in to the Bucs!!

Ain't nobody worth that much money.

These gazillion dollar payouts to sports athletes is asinine. He's only a kicker and only on a mediocre team. It's amazing that we have athletes that don't even finish their education and get paid millions of dollars over a few years.

*The president of the United States doesn't earn that.
*The Navy Seal team members don't earn that.
*Life saving doctors don't earn that.

re: Ain't nobody worth that much money.

Tell that to the cardiac surgeon who's holding your heart in his/her hands while you're asleep on the operating table.

I know a few docs who earn well over 2 Million a year...and pay a ton in taxes.

Might you be a tad envious of what Connor earns healthy or sidelined?

Connor Barth

It is good to hear that Tampa Bay is taking care of Barth. It shows
Good Faith and judgement on their part!