Buccaneers Release Former Second-Round Pick Roberto Aguayo

Former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon.

Aguayo missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal attempt in Tampa Bay's preseason opener Friday night, prompting reporters to ask Coach Dirk Koetter afterward if he had just kicked himself out of a job. In last year's Draft, the Buccaneers traded up in the second round to take Aguayo, who went 198-for-198 in extra point attempts and 69-for-78 in field goal tries during his stint at Florida State.

However, Aguayo nearly immediately struggled with accuracy in the National Football League, missing nine of 31 field goal attempts and two of 34 extra-point attempts in 2016.

Say what you want about Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, but you have to give him credit for not doubling down on a high-profile mistake. But at the end of the day, I know what I'm capable of doing.

"Honestly, the [extra point] felt good, " he said. "It's a new day". Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has hit on more than most, but Aguayo proved to be a dud for him previous year.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter sounded after the game like he's exhausted of seeing his kicker miss.

Notes: Quarterback Ryan Griffin was forced to leave Friday's 23-12 preseason loss to the Bengals early in the fourth quarter when he injured his right throwing shoulder after being hit while throwing a pass. Griffin suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder and will miss several weeks.

"This allows us as a team to get behind Nick", Koetter said. He is a likely candidate for injured reserve. LB Davonte Bond suffered an undisclosed leg injury and will miss several weeks.

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