Tampa Bay Bucs replace Connor Barth with Lawrence Tynes
Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the entire 2013 season after tearing his Achilles tendon, so the Bucs have signed kicker Lawrence Tynes to take his place.
Barth, who tore his Achilles during a charity basketball game with other NFL players on Friday, had just signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract last May with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have place Barth on the reserve/non-football injury list, according to the team website
“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said, according to the club. “Lawrence and his agent, Ken Harris, had other standing opportunities, but we are pleased that they thought this was the right place for Lawrence to continue his career.”
Tynes played last season for the New York Giants. He kicked a career-best 33 field goals in 39 attempts in the 2012 season for the Giants, according to NBC Sports. However, the Giants signed kicker Josh Brown during the offseason.