By Nick Shook
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It didn’t take long for Roberto Aguayo to find a job, at least temporarily.
Aguayo, a second-round pick in 2016, was released Saturday after missing two of three kicks in Tampa Bay’s preseason opener against Cincinnati.
This isn’t just any waiver claim, though. If you thought kickers were mild-mannered, olive branch-wielding men of peace and extra points, get ready for some potential bad blood. Chicago’s current kicker, Connor Barth, has spent time with four teams in his career, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barth was on his second voyage with the Bucs when Tampa Bay traded up to select Aguayo in the 2016 draft.
Three days later, Tampa Bay cut Barth.
Could Aguayo be coming for Barth’s job again? Is Aguayo the kicking equivalent of Barth’s Turk?
Aguayo won’t win the job unless he fixes his accuracy issues. The former Florida State Seminole has made just 71 percent of his field goal attempts (22 of 31), while Barth brings a career 84 percent success rate (157 of 187) to the table. In extra points, Barth is even better, nailing 99 percent of his attempts (205 of 207), as opposed to Aguayo’s 94.1 percent (32 of 34).
If Aguayo embodies doom for Barth’s Chicago tenure, here’s another added layer of drama:
The kicking game has never been more entertaining.