NEW ORLEANS – Wilmington native Connor Barth will likely be returning to his home on Wrightsville Beach for the near future after being released by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday as NFL teams were required to trim their roster to 53 players heading into the regular season.
Barth made the most of every opportunity during training camp and was perfect on attempts throughout the four preseason games, but Coach Sean Payton decided to stick with returning veteran Kai Forbath, who made nine of his 13 attempts for the Saints last season.
This isn’t the first time Barth has had to deal with adversity in his NFL career. The Hoggard alum has been around long enough to know the life of a kicker. He was cut moving into the year-for the third time-by Tampa Bay following the 2016 draft when the Buccaneers used its second round selection to pick Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo. He hit 23-of-28 field goals after coming back to replace Kyle Brindza in Tampa during the 2015 campaign.
The Denver Broncos released Barth ahead of the 2015 season after deciding to go with Brandon McManus at placekicker. In 2014, Barth supplanted McManus on field goals and extra points after 10 games following a mid-season skid by McManus. Barth hit 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts down the stretch.