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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave kicker Connor Barth and punter Michael Koenen huge contracts for their positions a couple of seasons ago.
It was a big head-scratcher, particularly for Koenen, who wasn't terribly good when the Bucs gave him six years and $19.5 million. Predictably, Koenen was in the bottom third of the league last season with a 44.2-yard punting average.
The return on investment on Barth hasn't been much better. He fell off his career field-goal percentage in the first year of his deal, then tore his Achilles at a charity basketball event, causing him to miss the 2013 season. Barth is healthy again, though, and he should be a solid kicker going forward.
That would be welcome news for the Buccaneers, whose initial replacement for Barth, Tynes, had a nightmare bout with the MRSA virus that plagued the organization last year.
On returns, Tampa Bay was next to last with an abysmal 18.8 yards per kickoff return, though the Buccaneers were seventh in punt returns with a 11.2-yard return average.
Receiver Preston Parker handled those duties last season, but he is no longer with the team. Eric Page figures to take over that role for now, but there is nothing to get terribly excited about in Tampa Bay when it comes to special teams.