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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 Booker Reese, Eric Curry, Charles McRae, Keith McCants and Gaines Adams.

A radio talk show host said the team should have taken him in the fourth round, evidently not accepting that he would be there in the fourth round.

An article on the USA Today website made great fun of the Bucs taking Aguayo. But another article on the website projected seven second-round players who would make the Pro Bowl. Yes, Aguayo was one of them.

So how high is too high?

It depends on how good Aguayo turns out to be. If he makes Pro Bowls regularly, no one will mention what price he cost. After all, this franchise has taken Brian Price, Dexter Jackson, Ross Browner and Sabby Piscatelli in the second round. Those guys weren’t very good either.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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