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.