Injured kicker Barth accepts $1.8 million pay cut for '13
The Bucs have reached an agreement with injured kicker Connor Barth that will cut his 2013 salary from $2.3 million to $500,000, with some of his 2014 salary shifted to roster bonuses, general manager Mark Dominik said Wednesday.
Dominik said the Bucs were not obligated to pay anything to Barth, who injured his Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game this spring and will miss the 2013 season, officially on the non-football injury list.
"We came up with an understanding, and we're going to honor $500,000 of his contract this year. I know it's unfortunate what happened to him in a charity basketball event," Dominik said. "It's not an easy thing to do, going back and forth, but we set up his contract to give him every opportunity to earn his final two years with the club. ... We don't have to do anything, because it was a non-football injury, so you don't have to pay a penny. We felt as an organization it was the right thing to do. We have a lot of respect for Connor."
Dominik said he spoke with Barth before Sunday's game against the Saints and while he remains in a walking boot, he was pleased by his progress with rehabilitation toward a recovery. His restructuring was first reported by ESPN's Pat Yasinskas.
"I think both sides are happy we were able to come through that process," Dominik said. "We're excited obviously a year from now to have Connor back out here competing and kicking for the Bucs."
Barth, the Bucs' primary kicker for the past three seasons, signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract in 2012. He was due to make $3.15 million in 2014, but that was restructured to $2 million in salary with the ability to earn a weekly roster bonus of $71,875, which would amount to the same total if he were healthy all season. The final year of his contract has not been changed.
"(Barth) would like to thank the Buccaneers organization and in particular, General Manager Mark Dominik for sticking with him during this time," his agent, Rob Roche, said in a statement. "Their loyalty and generosity is appreciated and must be acknowledged. Connor looks for forward to returning next season stronger than ever."