Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Did the Bucs make the right move by releasing Roberto Aguayo?

Did the Bucs make the right move by releasing Roberto Aguayo?

On Saturday, one year after paying a heavy price to draft the kicker, the Bucs cut Aguayo. Aguayo's longest made field goal previous year was just 43 yards.

Aguayo sat alone for a few minutes after dressing at his locker following Friday's game.

Aguayo's struggles prompted the team to sign veteran Nick Folk, who was released by the New York Jets this offseason. He then tried to spin it by saying both kicks felt good off his foot, which doesn't really count for much when you consider that both missed. It was starting down the line and it just kept fading.

Aguayo, the first kicker drafted as high as the second round since 2005, made just 22 of 31 field goals as a rookie, with a long of 43 yards. I want to change this. Folk converted 82.2 percent of his field goal attempts during his seven seasons in NY.

Roberto Aguayo may have kicked himself out of a job in Tampa Bay. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. 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. I did some good things. He will get another opportunity to kick in the National Football League at some point.

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

General manager Jason Licht and coach Koetter made it clear that they planned on sticking with the kicker who performs the best and completes the most field goals and extra point attempts overall, and clearly Aguayo wasn't the answer which resulted in the team waiving him following Friday night's game.

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