Saints To Sign Connor Barth

Free agent kicker Connor Barth is on his way to New Orleans to sign with the Saints, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link). Barth will replace Josh Scobee, whom the Saints released Tuesday.

Barth was the most established among several kickers who tried out for the Saints at their rookie camp last week, and they’ll be Connor Barthhis fourth NFL employer. Barth has spent the majority of his career with the NFC South rival Buccaneers, who released him earlier this month after using a second-round pick on Roberto Aguayo. Nonetheless, Barth is is coming off a solid season, having converted 23 of 28 field goals and a more impressive 25 of 26 extra points. Overall, the 30-year-old has made 139 of 164 career field goal tries, good for an 84.8 percent success rate.

Barth is now one of two veteran kicking options the Saints have, joining Kai Forbath, and it’s presumed that the duo will battle for a roster spot. Forbath has a similar career success rate (84.1) on 82 tries, but he converted just 10 of 15 field goals last season and finished with 10 fewer touchbacks on kickoffs than Barth – albeit in 12 fewer attempts.

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