The Saints will sign Barth, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
Barth is expected to be released by the Buccaneers on Monday, the Tampa Times reports. Barth's upcoming release comes after the Buccaneers selected fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of this weekend's draft. 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 upcoming campaign.
Barth converted his sole field-goal attempt from a distance of 39 yards and was also successful on his sole extra-point attempt in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers. The veteran kicker had a quiet conclusion to the season, and turned in a very solid campaign overall after being brought in before Week 5 to replace rookie Kyle Brindza. Barth converted 23-of-28 field goal attempts, and was 3-for-5 from 50 yards and beyond. He also handled the new extra-point distance well, missing only one point-after try in 26 attempts. While his 82.1 percent accuracy equaled the second-lowest he'd posted in his career, Barth was often a valuable source of points for a rookie quarterback-led offense that sometimes struggled to finish drives in the end zone. Although presently a free agent, Barth figures to be brought back as the incumbent starter for training camp in 2016.
Barth missed a 52-yard field goal wide left on his only attempt of the afternoon and was perfect on three extra-point tries in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears. The miss came at a crucial time in the game, as it would have pulled Tampa to within 23-17 at the 6:35 mark of the fourth quarter. It was only Barth's second miss in five attempts over 50 yards this season, and the fourth of his five misses on the season to occur at Raymond James Stadium. Even though he's nailed a fairly solid 22 of 27 three-point tries in 2015, Barth's current 81.5 field goal percentage would be his lowest since the 73.7 figure he posted in 2009, his initial season in a Tampa uniform.
Barth successfully converted field goals of 53, 32 and 24 yards and was perfect on two extra-point attempts in Thursday's 31-23 loss to the Rams. Barth has now impressively nailed 75 percent of his field goals over 50 yards, and unsurprisingly thrived in the cozy confines of the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday. He continues to be a valuable weapon for the Bucs, particularly in games such as Thursday's where a ferocious pass rush often caused Bucs drives to stall in the red zone. Barth has converted an impressive 84.6 percent (22 for 26) of his field goal opportunities this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||33||9.13|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||23||8.00|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||1||5.00|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||29||8.50|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||8.69|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||8.69|