by Kevin Hull - email
WILMINGTON (WECT/WSFX) - Former Hoggard High standout Connor Barth was on his way out the door of his parents' Wilmington home Tuesday night, headed to the airport to catch a flight to Kansas City for his second NFL training camp, when his cell phone rang. Bad news was on the other end.
It was Chiefs head coach Todd Haley calling, informing Barth the team was waiving him and putting a temporary halt to his NFL career.
"I was shocked," Barth said a few hours later. The Wilmington native was told by the club they wanted to get a good look at their 7th round draft pick Ryan Succop, and felt that having Barth in camp would not help Succop's progress.
The timing of the Chiefs' move could pose a problem for Barth, as most NFL training camps begin this week and teams have already decided on kickers they will bring to camp. Barth said his agent has already made calls to some teams, and hopes to eventually catch on with a club.
The former Viking and Tar Heel played in 10 games for Kansas City in 2008, making 10 of 12 field goals and all 24 of his point after attempts. Barth said he feels like he still has a lot to prove and that he is as good as any kicker currently playing in the NFL.
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