Bucs release embattled kicker Roberto Aguayo

Aguayo missed an XP and a 47-yard field-goal in the Bucs’ first 2017 preseason game

The heated battle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicking job has officially come to an end after the Bucs made the announcement that the team has parted ways with Roberto Aguayo after his poor performance against the Bengals.

The Bucs' investment in Aguayo, who had left Florida State as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, is what hurts the most.

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

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. Last season, he went 4-10 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards and missed his only attempt from 50+.

The most accurate kicker in NCAA history Aguayo found hitting the mark a lot tougher as a pro
The most accurate kicker in NCAA history Aguayo found hitting the mark a lot tougher as a pro. Jason Behnken AP

It was pretty apparent after the Buccaneers signed Nick Folk this offseason that Aguayo was on thin ice. "You're a kicker. You've gotta make your kicks". "When I caught it, I knew I pushed it a little bit and I was like, 'hopefully it will stay in, ' but it hit the upright".

"Like I remember I told him as a sophomore, remember I told you in the spring he wasn't kicking really good". I want to change this. Ideal in college, Aguayo only managed to make 71.0 percent of his field goals in his rookie year. I want to change that.

"I keep saying it and I can't say it anymore. You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day". I hit some good kickoffs.

The Buccaneers apparently have seen enough of Roberto Aguayo and released kicker on Saturday. He was last in the National Football League with a field goal percentage of 71. Folk converted 82.2 percent of his field goal attempts during his seven seasons in NY.

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