The writing was the on the wall for Wilmington native Connor Barth following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to use their second-round pick on a place kicker in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Barth learned his fate on Monday as the organization released the veteran as reported by Scott Smith of www.Buccaneers.com.
After converting 23-of-28 field goal attempts for the Bucs last season, Barth will hope to earn a kicking job elsewhere ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. It was the second time Barth was actually cut by Tampa after coming back to replace Kyle Brindza. His first stint with the Bucs ended in 2014 after the team signed Patrick Murray, and last August he was released when the Denver Broncos opted to keep Brandon McManus.
With the 59th overall pick, Tampa Bay selected Robert Aguayo out of Florida State.
Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, with a .967 conversion rate. He never missed a field goal from 39 yards and closer during his three years for the Seminoles, going 46-of-46.
With Aguayo’s selection, he became the highest a kicker has been chosen in the NFL Draft since the New York Jets took Mike Nugent at No. 47 overall in 2004. He’s the ninth kicker to be chosen in the first two rounds of the common draft, which started in 1967.