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As expected, kicker Connor Barth a no-show for camp



The Bucs had an impressive turnout for their first minicamp, which began today here at One Buc Place, but one player they did not see was kicker Connor Barth, the team's designated franchise player who remains unsigned.

Barth's absence is not a major issue given the fact that kickers play only a small role in a minicamp held in mid-April. Furthermore, this camp is voluntary, meaning players can't be forced to attend nor can they be punished for not attending.

But Barth's decision not to attend is an indication that he's potentially willing to sit out for quite some time while the team decides whether to grant him the long-term extension he's been seeking. How long is Barth willing to drag things out?

Time will tell, but this much is true: There's little incentive for him to show up anytime soon, so don't be surprised if he doesn't.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:21pm]


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