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Bucs sign veteran Nick Folk to compete with disappointing Roberto Aguayo

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Are the Tampa Bay Bucs prepared to boot their costly place-kicker? The Bucs at least will entertain that idea after signing former New York Jets’ place-kicker Nick Folk to a contract Friday night. Folk will try to beat out Roberto Aguayo, who the Bucs traded up to draft late in the second round a year ago. Aguayo, one of the most accurate kickers in the nation while at Florida State, struggled mightily in his first season, hitting only 71 percent…

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Bucs complete draft signings by agreeing with controversial Roberto Aguayo

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have agreed to a contract with their last unsigned draft pick, second-rounder Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo was one of the most controversial of draft picks after being taken in the second round, 59th overall. Some felt that was far too high for a kicker. The Bucs, however, were convinced that another team was preparing to trade up for Aguayo, and they didn’t want him to go elsewhere. Afterward, an anonymous general manager called the taking of Aguayo…

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Former Bucs’ kicker Martin Gramatica backs Roberto Aguayo

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Yesterday’s kicker thinks the Tampa Bay Bucs did just fine in drafting tomorrow’s. Martin Gramatica, the one-time kicker for the Bucs, supports the efforts of former FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo. Gramatica stopped by practice on Thrusday to tell him so. “Anytime a kicker gets drafted, all us kickers get excited,” Gramatica said. “You can appreciate what the Bucs have done, especially knowing that you can have a kicker for 10, 15 years. “If he stays healthy and does what he…

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Did the Tampa Bay Bucs overpay for placekicker Roberto Aguayo?

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How much is the price of excellence? And, in the case of Roberto Aguayo, did the Tampa Bay Bucs pay too much for it. When the Bucs traded up into the second round to take Aguayo, called by general manager Jason Licht “the best kicker in college football history” it offended some of their fans. One radio talk show caller called it the worst draft pick in team history, which is a stretch considering this is the franchise that drafted…

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Tampa Bay moves up to draft FSU place-kicker Roberto Agauyo

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Tampa Bay Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht is a hard man to pin down. Just take the NFL draft, where — in three rounds — he has traded down, stayed pat and traded up to bring in an interesting amount of talent. The Bucs added talented Noah Spence — and his troubled past — and then traded back into the second round to pick up FSU place-kicker Roberto Aguayo. “We got the best pass rusher in the draft and the…

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Best foot forward: Could kicker Roberto Aguayo go in second round?

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Roberto Aguayo has tried not to buy into the speculation that he might be the first kicker in 11 years to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. But with the draft less than two weeks away, everything is lining up well for the former Florida State kicker. Because of rules changes the past two years and many considering Aguayo to be the most complete kicker to be in the draft in a while, it was…

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Bucs turn to familiar face, hope Connor Barth can end their kicking woes

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In the end, straight is better than long. And so Connor Barth returns to the Tampa Bay Bucs. Barth, 29, was signed Tuesday afternoon to be the team’s placekicker, replacing rookie Kyle Brindza. Brindza won the job in training camp, primarily because he has a stronger leg than Barth. But leg strengh doesn’t help if it doesn’t go through the uprights. Brindza was only six of 12 with two missed extra points. All of which led to the return of…

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