Bucs release embattled kicker Roberto AguayoSporting News — Bob.Hille@performgroup.com (Bob Hille)
The Bucs have released embattled kicker Roberto Aguayo, bringing an end to a stint that began with a rookie season that saw the second-round pick serve largely as either a punchline or a punching bag.
Aguayo followed that up with a bad start Friday to Year 2, leading to Saturday's move.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 12, 2017
The Buccaneers' second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft missed an extra point and a field-goal attempt in Tampa Bay's preseason-opening loss to the Bengals on Friday.
Aguayo, the first kicker drafted as high as the second round since 2005, made just 22 of 31 field-goal attempts as a rookie, with a long of 43 yards. He made 32 of 34 PATs last season.
Tampa Bay had to stick with Aguayo in 2016 after spending such a high pick on him, but the leash apparently was much shorter this preseason with veteran NIck Folk on hand.
Nick Folk made a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter Friday, not only fueling frustration among Bucs fans but likely also hastening Aguayo's exit.
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.
The Florida State product did make a 20-yarder on Tampa Bay's first series but struggled thereafter.