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After drafting Roberto Aguayo, Bucs to release Connor Barth

Connor Barth played 12 games for the Bucs last season and made 23 of 28 field goals attempts and was 25-of-26 in point after attempts.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Connor Barth played 12 games for the Bucs last season and made 23 of 28 field goals attempts and was 25-of-26 in point after attempts.

Connor Barth knows the routine: Watch the Bucs fall in love with a rookie place-kicker. Get released. Wish the new guy well.

The Bucs plan to release Barth later today, just two days after trading back into the second round to draft Florida State place-kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Barth, 30, played 12 games for the Bucs last season and made 23 of 28 field goals attempts and was 25-of-26 in point after attempts.

It’s the third straight year Barth has been released by the Bucs for a rookie who had never kicked a football in the NFL.

In 2014, Barth was beaten out by rookie Patrick Murray. Last season, the Bucs initially chose rookie Kyle Brindza over Barth. But Brindza had a horrific start to the season, going 6-of-12 in field goal attempts before being released after four games. That prompted the Bucs to bring back Barth.

The Bucs will save Barth’s $1.3-million salary. On Monday morning, Barth all but confirmed his departure on Twitter, saying "Congrats to @_RobertoAguayo with the @TBBuccaneers..Hope you have a long career in #Tampa! Hold it down man! @NFL. @espn. @respect. #kickers."

The Bucs traded their third-round pick and the fourth-rounder acquired from the Bears to trade up 15 spots with the Chiefs into the second round and take Aguayo.

[Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2016 2:23pm]

    

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