The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't given up on young kicker Roberto Aguayo, but they may be hedging their bet by signing veteran kicker Nick Folk Saturday..
The Bucs were widely ridiculed for drafting Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, and they actually traded up into that spot to select the former Florida State kicker. The rookie struggled last season,hitting only 22 of 31 field goal attempts (71 percent), the lowest percentage of any NFL kicker. He madejust four of 11 attempts from beyond 40 yards.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht told ESPN recently that the team planned to bring in competition for Aguayo.
"He's a rookie, 21 years old. He had to learn that he's not doing this for fun anymore," Licht said. "He's got a lot of people depending on him. We'll continue to get competition and look for the best competition for him, or he might be the competition for somebody else. We'll see how that goes. He was young. He's working very hard to get better."
In Folk, the Bucs get a proven veteran and former Pro Bowl kicker. The 32-year-old Folk, who was released by the Jets on Feb. 23after seven seasons, has a career field-goal completion rate of 81.3 percent in 10 seasons.