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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 (22 of 31) of his kicks.

Folk hit 87.1 percent of his kicks (27 of 31).

Three of Folks’ four misses were blocked last year. In ten seasons with the Cowboys and Jets, Folk has made 81.3 percent of his field goal attempts.

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