Two days after kicker Pat Murray missed an extra point in Monday's preseason win, the Bucs have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with veteran kicker Connor Barth, who was released Wednesday by the Broncos.
Barth, 29, was the Bucs' kicker from 2009-12, hitting 91 field goals before he missed the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon. He kicked well for Denver at the end of last season, going 15-for-16 on field goals in five games and a perfect 15-for-15 on extra points.
Last year, when the same two kickers competed in preseason, the Bucs opted to keep Murray, shedding a $3-million salary by cutting Barth, but he now comes in with a much lower salary, making it a battle over the two remaining preseason games.
Murray, who went 20-for-24 on field goals last year as a rookie, has missed two field goals in preseason in addition to Monday's missed extra point, but he also connected on a 53-yard field goal against the Bengals.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith expressed his concern about the kicking game after Wednesday's practice: "We didn't kick as well as I thought we should," he said, reiterating that the league's new, longer extra points are "not automatic."