Today, Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released kicker Roberto Aguayo. His release was well deserved. He was the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, but couldn’t carry it to the pros, where he made just 71 percent of his field goal attempts last season and missed a pair of extra points. Last night, he missed a field goal and an extra point.
What is shocking, however, is that Tampa Bay is cutting him loose just a year after not only using a second round pick on Aguayo, but trading up in the draft in order to acquire him. The Bucs traded their third- and fourth-round selections to Kansas City to select the Florida State kicker.
While Kansas City’s selections, cornerbacks KeiVarae Russell and Eric Murray, haven’t exactly panned out (Russell was actually waived and latched onto Cincinnati), there were still plenty of players the Bucs missed out on in all three rounds. Aguayo was the only kicker taken in this draft and is yet somehow still not even the best kicker in the class. Undrafted rookie Will Lutz signed with the Saints last season and was significantly better.
Having a clutch kicker helps, but not as much as a potential starter or depth you can receive in the second round of the draft. There’s a reason kickers rarely get drafted this high and it was one of the reasons he tied with Jared Goff in our NFL award for worst draft pick last February.