Bucs release embattled kicker Roberto Aguayo

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

Roberto Aguayo's time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended exactly how you'd expect.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived kicker Roberto Aguayo less than two years after drafting him in the second round of the 2016 draft.

Aguayo made a 20-yard field goal on the Bucs' opening possession in Friday night's 23-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason opener, but he missed an extra point in the second quarter and then in the fourth quarter his 47-yard attempt sailed wide right. Add to that a missed extra point and missed field goal in the first preseason game - while Folk was one-for-one with a 45 yarder, longer than any of Aguayo's makes last season - and the writing was on the wall. And while he recovered a bit in the regular season - his 94 percent success rate on extra points was right at the league average - he still hit just 22 of 31 field goal attempts, his 71 percent success rate putting him at the bottom of the NFL's kicking list. I want to change this. He never missed an extra point attempt either. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want.

It was pretty apparent after the Buccaneers signed Nick Folk this offseason that Aguayo was on thin ice. "If you're a kicker, you've got to make your kicks". I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn't what I wanted. I hit it good and it just started to fade. The Bucs had turned to young kickers in each of the previous two seasons, with first-year player Pat Murray in 2014 and rookie Kyle Brindza in 2015; Brindza struggled enough that he was released and replaced by veteran Connor Barth a month later.

"When you get bored doing something, 'well there's more I can do".

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