Buccaneers Answer Kicking Question, Release Roberto Aguayo

After a disappointing performance in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first preseason game of the year, Roberto Aguayo has been released from the team.

The 2016 second-round kicker battled for the starting job all throughout training camp after the Buccaneers brought in veteran kicker Nick Folk. The coaching staff hoped brining in Folk would push Aguayo.

During his rookie year in the NFL, he had no competition and was named the starter as soon as he was drafted. Things started looking up for the Florida State alumni after inconsistent OTAs; Aguayo pulled out a handful of good days during training camp.

But Friday night in Cincinnati the second-year kicker missed a 47-yard field goal and an extra point.

During his college career, Aguayo made 69 out of 78 field goal attempts and made all 198 of his extra point attempts. He won the Lou Groza Award in 2013, being named the nation’s best kicker.

He started all 16 games of his rookie year with the Bucs and went 22-for-31, which was the worst percentage out of all starting kickers in the NFL. He missed two kicks within 40 yards and was 4-for-10 from the 40-49 yard range, and 0-for-1 from beyond 50 yards.

Aguayo was the first kicker selected in the second round (59th) since Mike Nugent, who was drafted 47th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Folk is the only remaining place-kicker on the Buccaneers roster. During the preseason game Friday night, Folk made a 45-yard field goal, which was his only attempt. Folk was given a $1.75 million contract with the Bucs after being cut from the Jets.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.