Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

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

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

Aguayo, 23, lasted only one season with the Buccaneers after Tampa Bay traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select the Florida State product.

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.

Aguayo missed two field goals in Friday night's preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-12.

First, a point-after attempt from the right hash went wayward - actually, it was perfectly straight, but the problem was it needed to not be straight - and DOINK!

It was pretty apparent after the Buccaneers signed Nick Folk this offseason that Aguayo was on thin ice.

"Honestly, the extra point felt good; I know I pushed it a little bit, and I felt hopefully it would stay in but it broke right".

"I keep saying it and I can't say it anymore. When you're a kicker, you've got to make your kicks", Koetter said.

To say Aguayo's transition to the National Football League was bad would be an understatement. I hit it good and it just started to fade. Not what you want. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day. Not what I wanted. I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn't what I wanted. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. I've just got to put it in the past.

Roberto Aguayo's rough rookie season convinced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that a kicker competition in 2017 would be a good idea. "It's a new day". He struggled as a rookie, connecting on only 71 percent of his field goals.

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