Wilmington native Connor Barth could have found his next NFL landing spot as the veteran kicker worked out for the New Orleans Saints this past weekend heading into organized team activities (OTA). OTA offseason workouts for the Saints span four different periods: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2 and June 6-9.
Barth was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after this year’s draft after the Bucs traded up to select Roberto Aguayo in the second round.
“He has hit the ball out here well,” New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said during Saturday’s media availability session following the Saints’ rookie mini-camp. “When we have a chance to get a guy who was in our division and has kicked well, it (gives us) a firsthand look. We wouldn’t go to camp with three kickers. He is just another talented player that we can look at for three days and that is a positon unlike some of the others, that is a little easier to evaluate than it is others.”
Barth went through a three-day workout with New Orleans that wrapped up on Sunday. His expected signing would put him in yet another kicking battle heading into OTAs. The Saints already have Kai Forbath under contract, setting up another chance for the Hoggard alum to prove himself within the National Football League.
Barth, 30, is an eight-year NFL veteran. He has made 139-of-164 career kicks (84.8 percent), but connected on only 23-of-28 attempts last season after being picked up by Tampa Bay. Barth spent most of his career in Tampa and spend half a season kicking for the Denver Broncos. He is 23-for-24 when kicking inside a dome stadium.