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

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Roberto Aguayo Saturday afternoon just one year after trading up to pick him in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft - an unheard of risk to take on a kicker. They had made it clear at that point that they were willing to move on from even a high draft pick if a better options was available for the team's success.

Aguayo missed his first kick vs the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game previous year, and he was boo'd off the field by Bucs fans after missing more kicks during practice.

As expected, Koetter wasn't happy with Aguayo's missed kicks on Friday and made it very evident following the team's 24-12 loss.

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. "Got in field goal range and the chance to kick one, go for an onside kick and, just, you'd like to keep your chances alive as long as you can to be in the game and that just ended our chances".

The former Florida State kicker was the Bucs' third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The regular-season opener will be played on the road when Tampa Bay takes on the Miami Dolphins.

"Honestly, the (extra point) felt good, " Aguayo said.

Coach Dirk Koetter said it's something that will "definitely be talked about". Unlucky", Aguayo said. "That last one, I was just trying to put a good hit on it. I want to change that. "You're a kicker, you gotta make your kicks". "You know, I keep saying it, I can't say it anymore". I hit it good and it just started to fade.

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

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