Buccaneers boot Connor Barth as teams trim rosters

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today is cut day in the NFL, as teams must trim their rosters to 53 players by tomorrow afternoon. We already know a Wilmington native won’t make the list.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today cut kicker Connor Barth. The Hoggard and UNC alum signed with the Bucs, for whom he starred for several seasons, a couple weeks ago after being cut by the Denver Broncos.

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Barth had a 50-yard field goal blocked in last night’s preseason finale at Miami. He missed his other attempt for Tampa Bay a week earlier.

With Barth’s departure, it appears the Buccaneers will count on the foot of Kyle Brindza, who hit kicks of 55 and 57 yards last night, after being acquired earlier in the week from Detroit, or veteran Patrick Murray, who did not play last night.

Barth has an 85.3 percent field goal average in six NFL seasons with the Buccaneers, Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. He missed all of 2013 after injuring his Achilles tendon during a charity basketball game in Wilmington.