Obviously, we all know that the Bucs are planning on entering the 2013 season with Connor Barth toeing the leather, however this is a pretty good backup option. Last year Tampa Bay had Kai Forbath in camp through the entire preseason before letting him go. Forbath was impressive with the Redskins where he nailed an NFL record 17 straight field goals to start his career.
The Bucs watched Forbath grow before their eyes, but knew all along he was simply an insurance policy for Barth. The same goes with Kaeding. The good news in this deal is that Nate Kaeding is somewhat of a known commodity. He’s a two time Pro-Bowler and in 2009 was first team All-Pro.
Last year he had a rocky season when he missed a few FG’s with the Chargers before being placed on IR and eventually being released. He then signed with the Dolphins where he missed two of his first three attempts. In doing so, he lost his title as most accurate kicker in NFL history to Mike Vanderjagt.
In Tampa, he’s here to do one thing: Make sure the Bucs can survive an injury to Connor Barth. Do not expect him to be on the opening day roster. And do not expect him to ever kick a meaningful FG in pewter and red. This being said, if Barth does go down, Kaeding represents the highest quality insurance policy money can buy.
You never want to rely on insurance, but when you have to, it’s good to know you’re covered. Kaeding’s got us covered.