Bucs G.M. on Aguayo, who has competition: “He wasn’t very good last year”

AP

Slid into the late-night news cycle during the first weekend of the college basketball tournament, it was easy to miss the fact the Buccaneers came close to admitting a giant mistake.

But in signing veteran kicker Nick Folk to compete with second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, the Bucs sent a clear message that draft status wasn’t going to equal job security.

Read the stats, he wasn’t very good last year,’’ Bucs General Manager Jason Licht said of Agauyo, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He wants to improve and he’s going to work at it. And we still have confidence in him but you’re always trying to get better.’’

Aguayo was a disappointing 22-of-31 on field goals last year, 71 percent accuracy for a guy who rarely missed in college. So now, not even the fact the Bucs traded up into the second round to take him secures his roster spot.

That’s a tough pill to swallow, but Licht has said previously (and not specifically about Aguayo) that holding onto a mistake only compounds it.

“The mistake would be to be prideful,’’ Licht said. “That’s the bigger mistake.’’

And at this stage, that’s the most generous way to describe the decision to move up to take Aguayo. His struggles were so profound that his own fans turned on him during the preseason, and though there was a brief flourish in midseason, he didn’t make anything longer than 43 yards.

“He’s a rookie. He’s 21 years old,’’ Licht said. “He had to learn that he’s not doing this for fun anymore. He’s got a lot of people depending on him.’’

And now, his own career depends on being better than Folk, which won’t be easy unless he returns to his college form.

18 responses to “Bucs G.M. on Aguayo, who has competition: “He wasn’t very good last year”

  1. It’s really not too late to get a 3rd or 4th round pick for him. Trade him on Draft day and move on because Tampa Bay has completly ruined his psych-e. I think Winston was Aguayo’s buddy and somehow chirped in Lichts ear to get him on the team….it’s the GM’s fault for listening. I would trade him to the Bengals or Giants and be done with it.

  2. Aguayo can always sign with the Vikings should he get cut. Not that it would improve their kicking game but it would provide a ready excuse for their next playoff loss.

  3. If you would trade a 3rd round pick for Roberto Aguayo you should be sent to the closest mental health institution.

    Scratch that…..if you would trade any draft pick whatsoever for Roberto Aguayo you should be required to wear a helmet at all times.

  4. Aguayo couldn’t kick beyond 40-yards in college either. I think he fixes his short range misses, but he’ll never kick accurately beyond 40-yards.

  5. Dirk Koetter said last year that Aguayo was hitting 60 yard field goals in practice. So those saying he doesn’t have the leg are mistaken.

    Obviously, as a rookie, live games got in his head.

    Competition is good, but I fully expect him to prove everyone wrong.

    And for the record? I’m a Bulls fan, not an FSU fan.

  6. I’ll tell you what’s going to happen. Aguayo is going to struggle in the preseason, get cut and Folk will be the Bucs kicker. Aguayo is going to get picked up by someone else and eventually turn into an All Pro kicker because he has that potential and is still young. That’s how things often happen around here.

  7. If they do cut him I’m sure some team will at least stash him on their practice squad until they feel like he has gotten his confidence back. If he ever does.

  8. This isnt going to end well for Aguayo. After being cut. He’ll do a stint at shady acres mental institution before escaping and assuming the identity of a missing hiker eventually resurfacing as a female lieutenant in the Tampa police force who waited for the perfect time to get his revenge.. Super Bowl time.

  9. Bucs, you should have called the Saints before you traded up to get a kicker , two words for you !
    RUSSELL ERXLEBEN.

    Old timers will know who that is ……..

  10. ““He had to learn that he’s not doing this for fun anymore. He’s got a lot of people depending on him.’’
    __________

    Given he was super in college that is probably the exact opposite of what they need to be telling him.

  11. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Mar 20, 2017 7:31 AM
    He’s got a lot of people depending on him.’’

    Just you & you’re job, you are the one that took him!!!
    ————————————-
    That is spot on. What a screw up.

  12. This isnt going to end well for Aguayo. After being cut. He’ll do a stint at shady acres mental institution before escaping and assuming the identity of a missing hiker eventually resurfacing as a female lieutenant in the Tampa police force who waited for the perfect time to get his revenge.. Super Bowl time.

    “I’m looking for Ray Finkle…and a clean pair of shorts?”

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