The Chicago Bears have claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers, according to a Sunday afternoon report from Field Yates of ESPN. Upon ultimately landing in the “Windy City,” the former Florida State Seminoles standout will likely find himself competing for the Bears’ starting job alongside Connor Barth.
Aguayo was previously placed on waivers by the Buccaneers earlier in the weekend.
The Buccaneers’ decision to part ways with the 23-year-old special teamer came less than one day after Aguayo strung together yet another disappointing performance. While serving as the team’s starting place kicker for the Buccaneers preseason-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, the second-year NFL veteran missed an extra-point attempt following Tampa Bay’s first touchdown.
As a rookie last season, he appeared in all 16 regular-season games in what would become his lone go-round in Tampa Bay. During that same span, he connected on 22 of his 31 field goal attempts in addition to missing two extra-points on 34 tries in all. He was originally selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Florida State.
As it stands today, Aguayo and Barth are the only two place kickers on the Bears’ current 90-man preseason roster. In addition to the tandem of Aguayo and Barth, the Bears also have punter Pat O’Donnell and long-snapper Patrick Scales rounding out the NFC North franchise’s special teams unit.