Kicked to the curb: Buccaneers release Roberto Aguayo

Nov 20, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) photobombs as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Vernon Harris (48) and quarterback Jameis Winston (3) sign each other's jerseys after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Tampa Bay won 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


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.

UPDATE (08/13/2017)

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.