Bucs slap franchise tag on K Barth

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated kicker Connor Barth as the team's franchise player.

Barth has spent each of the past three years with the Buccaneers and last season finished second in the NFL with a franchise-best 92.9 field goal percentage.

The 25-year-old Barth made all but two his 28 attempts and connected on each of his 23 extra-point tries in 2011.