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Tampa Bay Buccaneers May Franchise Connor Barth

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an insane amount of salary cap room entering the 2012 NFL offseason with close to $65 million in space. The Buccaneers might spend some of that money by placing the franchise tag on kicker Connor Barth, according to Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik.

"We obviously like Conner Barth a lot,'' Dominik said from the NFL scouting combine Saturday. "He's done a good job for us since he's been a Buccaneer. The truth is we think enough of him that he's not going to be an unrestricted free agent. We'll just figure out where that takes us from here.

"We are having discussions.''

Barth missed just two field goals during the 2011 season and would make close to $2.6 million if he receives the franchise tag. Barth made just $1.9 million for the 2011 season. The Bucs will have until March 5 to decide if they wish to franchise tag Barth or not.

For more on Connor Barth and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, visit SB Nation's Bucs blog Bucs Nation.

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