The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially moved on from kicker Roberto Aguayo.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 12, 2017
The Buccaneers 2016 second-round pick missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal in the team’s preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Anytime you have to let a draft pick go, it’s not something that you look forward to doing, but it’s a production business,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said, via Tampa Bay’s team website. “We’ve been saying it – it’s unfortunate because Roberto is a good kid. He is trying to do the right thing, but again, it’s a production business. I’m sure he’ll get another opportunity and he’s just got to learn from this and move on.”
The Buccaneers will move forward with 11-year veteran kicker Nick Folk.
“This allows us as a team to get behind Nick,” Koetter said. “There’s pressure even in that. It will allow us, as a team, to support Nick and move forward.”
Aguayo became the highest place-kicker selected (No. 59) in a draft since the New York Jets took Mike Nugent No. 47 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft.
In his rookie season, Aguayo made 22 of 31 field goal attempts and made just four of 11 fields from 40 yards or more.
“Well, we saw what that movie was like last year,” Koetter said. “We’re just not going to go that direction anymore. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to ever miss a field goal again or miss an extra point again – just like your offensive linemen are going to miss blocks, your quarterbacks are going to miss open receivers and you are going to miss tackles – that’s part of the game. I think it’s safe to say we have just seen enough in our time here – on these fields out here and the other fields that we’ve played (on) – that right now we feel like we need to move toward a more consistent performance in that area.”
Update: The Chicago Bears placed wide receiver Rueben Randle on injured reserve and claimed Aguayo off waivers on Sunday.
Roster Update: We have claimed K Roberto Aguayo off waivers and placed WR Rueben Randle on IR. pic.twitter.com/grfzaaaQ38
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 13, 2017