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06:56 AM ET 07.18 | Bucs kicker Connor Barth is likely becoming very familiar with Article 20, Section 3 of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. [It] says the following: "A player who is placed on a Non-football Injury or Illness list ("N-F /1") will not be entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such list." ... With news breaking earlier today that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a charity basketball game on Friday, Barth is facing the very real possibility of having to go without his $2.3 million base salary in 2013. Because he suffered his injury away from supervised team workouts, he is not eligible to be placed on injured reserve. Under that scenario, Barth would be paid all of his salary. That said, there's nothing to prohibit the team from paying Barth if it wants to.

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July 18, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Aw, c'mon. It was a charity event. He was representing the team in a good way.

When you compare this with Aaron Hernandez's "hunting trip" to an industrial park at 3AM, Barth was doing something that his team should reward him for, not punish him.

July 18, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Has anyone ever totaled up how many football players get seriously hurt every year playing basketball during the offseason? They make it seem like the most dangerous game ever.

July 18, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Has anyone ever totaled up how many football players get seriously hurt every year playing basketball during the offseason? They make it seem like the most dangerous game ever.

You realize that this article is about a kicker... not a football player.

July 18, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You realize that this article is about a kicker... not a football player.

excellent point Otis, good morning.

July 18, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Has anyone ever totaled up how many football players get seriously hurt every year playing basketball during the offseason?

Has anyone ever totaled up how many football players get seriously damaged bar-hopping, womanizing, drinking and driving during the offseason?

July 18, 2013  08:52 AM ET

What are the odds of the Buc's forking over $2.3 million if they don't have to? 1 - 10000 or maybe 1-2.3 million.

July 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aw, c'mon. It was a charity event. He was representing the team in a good way.When you compare this with Aaron Hernandez's "hunting trip" to an industrial park at 3AM, Barth was doing something that his team should reward him for, not punish him.

$2.3 M for a charity event? I don't think so.

July 18, 2013  09:02 AM ET

I wonder if he can claim the $2.3 M for charity on his taxes?

July 18, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aw, c'mon. It was a charity event. He was representing the team in a good way.When you compare this with Aaron Hernandez's "hunting trip" to an industrial park at 3AM, Barth was doing something that his team should reward him for, not punish him.

If the Bucs decide to not pay him it is a short term gain for them but a long term loss for the league. That will, and should be, the end of all charity work of any kind by NFL players. Not sure now is the time for the NFL to go that route. It is a two way street and if I am a rep for the NFLPA I tell Goodell " If the Bucs exercise the no pay option, then don't ask for PR events from the players."

Ya cannot have it both ways. The NFL cannot encourage the players to do good things for PR purposes away from the field and then go this route when/if something happens.

July 18, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If the Bucs decide to not pay him it is a short term gain for them but a long term loss for the league. That will, and should be, the end of all charity work of any kind by NFL players. Not sure now is the time for the NFL to go that route. It is a two way street and if I am a rep for the NFLPA I tell Goodell " If the Bucs exercise the no pay option, then don't ask for PR events from the players." Ya cannot have it both ways. The NFL cannot encourage the players to do good things for PR purposes away from the field and then go this route when/if something happens.

This^^

July 18, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This^^

Yup.

July 18, 2013  09:28 AM ET

A poor long term choice for the Bucs if they do it. What is your pitch to a player in FA? New contracts to keep players there will spell it out as regards charity events and injuries, and it will be written by the players agent. Or it will be "see ya."

July 18, 2013  09:44 AM ET

The smart thing to do? sit down with his agent, come up with an injury settlement. Release him everybody and moves on. Happens all the time in the NFL.

July 18, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

excellent point Otis, good morning.

Morning my friend! Last day of work before a good week off to play golf and clean house.


Oh - and watch SharkNado tonight...

July 18, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You realize that this article is about a kicker... not a football player.

Nor does he have a soul.

July 18, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Oh - and watch SharkNado tonight...

I think that movie is kinda like a preseason game: you know it'll be awful, but you just gotta watch.

July 18, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You realize that this article is about a kicker... not a football player.

True, but it was a kicker that made Brady a very rich man. Vin misses those FGs and the story changes.

July 18, 2013  12:16 PM ET

Unless it was an NFL sponsored even, I blame the kicker. Just tell the charity no and donate money to it. They can find a retired Bucks player as your replacement.

July 18, 2013  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You realize that this article is about a kicker... not a football player.

LOL put that knife away, youve cut him deep enough

 
July 18, 2013  05:12 PM ET

Not a good idea playing basketball!!!

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