Jason Licht admits to making a mistake choosing Brindza over Barth

The Buccaneers went with kicker Kyle Brindza right out of the gate, but general manager Jason Licht admitted he should have stuck with Connor Barth when all was said and done.

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Five games into the season, it seems that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have had the right kicker on the roster during the preseason, but that it wasn’t Kyle Brindza.

While the team acquired Brindza from the Detroit Lions, they also had former kicker Connor Barth competing for the job. In the end, it was Brindza who took the job, leaving Barth looking for a job. Well, Brindza, who missed five of his last six kicks and two of his last extra point tries, wasn’t able to prove any type of consistency, resulting in the team parting ways with him.

Their decision led to bringing Barth back, where he made all three field goals and three extra points during Tampa Bay’s 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After that game, it was general manager Jason Licht who admitted to making a mistake letting Barth go in the first place, according to Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.

“In hindsight, I shouldn’t have let him go,” Licht said earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “The Blitz.’’

Well, fortunately the Buccaneers got their man in the end, and it’s the veteran kicker Barth, who has started out his return to Tampa Bay in impressive fashion.

(h/t SiriusXM NFL Radio)

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