According to a source with knowledge of the contract, the Buccaneers have slightly modified the contract of K Connor Barth. Barth who is currently on the Reserve/NFI list due to suffering an Achilles injury during a charity basketball game had $1.15 million of his 2014 Paragraph 5 converted to an incentivized roster bonus that will be paid for each week he is on the Active 53 man roster in 2014.
The reason for the move is to aid the Buccaneers in creating cap space for 2014. Because Barth will spend no weeks on the active roster the Buccaneers will gain $1.15 million in cap space during the 2014 offseason and free agency period as Barth’s bonus will carry a $0 cap value. This is not an uncommon move for teams as they utilize the prior injury history of players to artificially create cap room in future years.
Barth will be paid $500,000 of his $2.3 million base salary in 2013 while on NFI. The Buccaneers could have opted to pay him nothing while on NFI, but considering he was injured at a charity event it would create a strained relationship with Barth and could have reflected poorly on the organization for others considering the Bucs in free agency.
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