Bucs Workout A Former Pro Bowler This MorningAugust 6th, 2014
Hmm, Lovie Smith had great things to say about his top kicker and punter yesterday, even remarking that they’re paid handsomely. And Lovie said the versatile guy backing them up in training camp has been impressive.
But a different message seems to have been sent this morning.
Joe has learned from a reliable source that former Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2005-2013) was at One Buc Palace for a workout this morning. Bironas was a Pro Bowler in 2007, and was cut by the Titans in March. He was scheduled to earn about $3 million this season.
Rookie Anthony Fera out of Texas, a punter and kicker, also joined Bironas for the workout.
Lovie has said his special teams coordinator Kevin O’Dea is a kicking specialist. So perhaps he’s seen something in Connor Barth and/or Michael Koenen that’s left him yearning for more?
Barth, per ESPN, has a base salary of $2 million this season and can earn up to $3.15 million via roster bonuses. Joe suspects an unemployed kicker would come significantly cheaper.
Bironas made 25 of 29 field goals (86.2 percent) last year (2-for-3 from 50+ yards) and was perfect on extra points. Barth missed all of last season and is a 84.2 on field goals for his career.