The Tampa Bay Buccanneers shocked the football community when they selected former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
After a disappointing rookie season and a discouraging Week 1 of the 2017 preseason, the Buccanneers gave Aguayo is walking papers.
It’s rare that a second-rounder is released after the first preseason game of his second season, but with so much riding on the leg of a starting kicker, the Buccanneers couldn’t take a chance on Aguayo fixing his problems in a year with such high expectations in Tampa Bay. He missed nine field goals last season and appeared to lose the lethal reliability he possessed as a Seminole.
Aguayo will go down as one of the bigger draft-day misses in recent years. The Buccanneers whiffed on this pick as badly as Aguayo missed on field goal attempts as a rookie.
Leason learned. Don’t draft a kicker in the second round.
The Chicago Bears claimed Aguayo off waivers Sunday, sparking a kicking battle with incumbent Connor Barth for the remainder of the preseason. This could be Aguayo’s last chance at salvaging his once promising career.