Buccaneers cut Roberto Aguayo one year after trading up to draft kicker


In 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded two draft picks to move up into the second round to take Roberto Aguayo, a three-time all-American at Florida State.

The Bucs' investment in Aguayo, who had left Florida State as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, is what hurts the most.

In his rookie season, Aguayo was 22-for-31 on field-goal attempts and 32-for-34 on extra-point attempts.

One year later and Aguayo looks like he's in similar form after he shanked yet another extra point in the Bucs first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.

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He clanged a PAT attempt off the right upright after a Bucs touchdown late in the first half Friday, then missed a 47-yard attempt wide right on Tampa Bay's final possession of the game.

Aguayo's struggles prompted the team to sign veteran Nick Folk, who was released by the New York Jets this offseason. You're a kicker. You gotta make your kicks. I hit it good and it just started to fade. Flawless in college, Aguayo only managed to make 71.0 percent of his field goals in his rookie year. Not what you want. I did some good things. He connected on 23 of 24 field goals during the Seminoles' national title run in 2013 and was a Groza award finalist in 2014 after converting 27 of 30 field goals.

It's a little surprising that they didn't let the competition play its way through training camp but at the same time Folk is a reliable kicker and if need be, the Buccaneers can bring in another kicker to compete with Folk instead of handing him the job outright. "You know, I keep saying it, I can't say it anymore". Folk converted 82.2 percent of his field goal attempts during his seven seasons in NY.