Associated Press photos of new kicker Connor Barth.
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed kicker Connor Barth and wide receiver Vincent Brown and waived long snapper Chris Highland. The announcements were made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Barth, 5-11, 200, participated in the club's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis after spending the 2015 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his second stint with the club. The Wilmington, N.C. native has connected on 139-of-164 field goal attempts (84.8 pct.) and on 174-of-175 PAT attempts over an eight-year career, including stops in Kansas City (2008), Denver (2014) and the aforementioned Buccaneers (2009-2013, 2015). After spending the preseason with the Broncos, Barth was signed to the Buccaneers active roster in Week Five and played in 12 games, connecting on 23-of-28 field goal attempts and with 25 PATs for a team-high 94 points. Originally signed by Kansas City as an undrafted free agent out of the University of North Carolina, Barth has appeared in 83 games over his career, recording 591 points.
Brown, 5-11, 195, comes to New Orleans after a 2015 season that saw him appear in one game for San Diego. Originally a third round selection of the Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft (82nd overall), Brown has played in 38 games with 16 starts over his five-year NFL career, posting 941 yards and three touchdowns on 73 receptions, playing primarily with San Diego, also with one season spent in Oakland. The former San Diego State standout appeared in 30 games in his first two full seasons in 2011 and 2013, while he missed the entire 2012 campaign with an ankle injury. Over that time, the Upland, Calif. native made all 16 of his career starts, recording 60 receptions for 801 yards (13.4 avg.) with three touchdowns.