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Buccaneers cut ties with kicker Roberto Aguayo

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Roberto Aguayo‘s tenure in Tampa has come to an end.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday cut ties with the second-year kicker after a tumultuous start to his professional career.

The move to part ways with the 23-year-old comes less than 24 hours after a dismal performance in the Bucs’ preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit paydirt from six yards out to give Tampa its first touchdown, Aguayo lined up…and missed the extra point.

The placekicker actually got the game started with an opening-drive chip-shot field goal from 20 yards out. However, his last attempt as a Buccaneer was a 47-yard missed attempt that sailed wide right.

It didn’t help Aguayo’s case when Nick Folk drilled a 45-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. The Bucs brought the 32-year-old veteran in on a deal during free agency to add some competition to the mix.

Aguayo was all-world at Florida State, three times being recognized as an All-American over his career with the Seminoles. He won the Lou Groza Award in 2013, the same year that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston led Florida State to the BCS National Championship over Auburn.

Tampa Bay traded up to slot No. 59 of last year’s draft to acquire the 23-year-old. That plan has since backfired.

The Buccaneers are back in action for their second preseason game on Aug. 17 when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The regular-season opener will be played on the road when Tampa Bay takes on the Miami Dolphins.



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