The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really reached for kicker Roberto Aguayo when they drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. On Saturday, they admitted to their mistake by cutting him.
The Buccaneers released Aguayo Saturday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Aguayo was inconsistent throughout his rookie season, converting only 22-of-31 field goal attempts while converting 32-of-34 point-after tries. He was particularly unreliable on attempts ranging from 40 to 49 yards, converting only 4-of-10 tries from those distances. His longest conversion was only from 43 yards away.
Aguayo’s struggles prompted the team to sign veteran Nick Folk, who was released by the New York Jets this offseason. Folk converted 82.2 percent of his field goal attempts during his seven seasons in New York.
He now has the inside track at the starting job as the only kicker on the active roster. Folk made is only field goal attempt in Friday’s exhibition opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Aguayo missed a point-after attempt Friday night and was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts, making a 20-yard chip shot, but missing a 47-yard attempt late in the game.