TAMPA – We suggested here a couple weeks ago that if the Buccaneers are truly serious about bringing in competition for kicker Roberto Aguayo that they look into signing a veteran in free agency.
In particular, we suggested that former Jet Nick Folk might be a good target and it seems the folks (no pun intended) at One Buc Place were thinking the same thing.
F.F.I. confirmed that the Bucs on Friday evening signed Folk in a move that all but assures that the kicker competition will be one of the most watched and most intriguing of all training camp.
It’s also a clear indication that even though Tampa Bay traded up in last year’s draft to take the former Florida State star in the second round, he is clearly on notice that a veteran could easily replace him this season.
And perhaps he should be. Even for a rookie, Aguayo performed miserably last year, making just 22 of 31 field-goal tries, including just four of 10 between 40 and 49 yards out.
As a result, Aguayo finished the year with the worst field-goal percentage in the NFL (71-percent) and he never did find his comfort zone, missing two of his last three in the season finale.
If Aguayo hadn’t been selected in the second round of the draft he might have never lasted to the end of the season. Now he might not be around for the start of the next one.
Folk, 32, has played for the Cowboys and the Jets and is coming off a solid season in 2016 in which he hit on 27 of 31 field goals (87.1-percent), including going 3-for-3 on kicks between 40-49 yards.
The Bucs also recently signed little-known first-year Liberty product Josh Lunsford, who was passed over in last year’s draft, but this latest move may lead to Lunsford’s release.