A Pro Bowler On The Bucs?December 10th, 2011
Pro Bowl? (Insert your best Jim Mora “playoffs” voice)
Joe’s been remiss in not mentioning the “automatica” season turned in so far by Connor Barth. Barring a late season collapse, Barth could find his way to Hawaii.
To date, Barth has nailed 92 percent of his field goal tries (second in the NFL) and leads the NFL in kicks made from 40-to-49 yards out. (He even got to kick another one of those last week after a failed Arrelious Benn end-around on 3rd-and-2 lost 12 yards to set up another Barth bomb. Thanks, Greg Olson!)
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik gave Barth a restricted free agent tender of $1.9 million for this season, so the St. Pete Times reported months ago.
Joe’s rather certain Barth is an unrestricted free agent come March, and surely he’ll command top cash. The Bucs consistently have said their top young players would be rewarded by getting to raid Team Glazer’s vault when they hit free agency. And it would seem Barth fits the mold, plus he’s surely a guy the Bucs can’t afford to lose.