Barth, who had a base salary of $2 million, missed all of last season due to an Achilles injury. He connected on 84.2% of his field goal attempts the year before and has made 101 of 120 field goals in five seasons with the Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs.
Rookie Patrick Murray is an All American punter and place kicker from Fordham. He was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts for the Bucs in the preseason.
Despite his inexperience, the unproven Murray has impressed in preseason. It's not clear if the Bucs believe Murray is clearly the man for the job, or if they are considering bringing in a free agent for less money than Barth was due to receive. During training camp, the Bucs also worked out Pro Bowl kicker Rob Bironas who made 25 of 29 (86.2%) field goals a season ago.
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