The Chicago Bears should claim recently waived kicker Roberto Aguayo. A second-round pick in 2016, Aguayo has struggled in the NFL, but he still has some long-term upside.
The Chicago Bears enter the 2017 season with a perfectly acceptable option at the kicker position. Connor Barth is not an elite NFL kicker, but he is solid and dependable. Last season with the Bears, Barth connected on 18 of his 23 field goals attempted. For his career, Barth has hit 84% of his field goal attempts.
While Barth is solid, he is never going to be an elite option at the position. With the Bears not expected to be competitive this season, I would like to see them take a shot on a kicker with some more upside, and the perfect upside play just became available.
On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived kicker Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo is one of the most accurate kickers in college football history. At Florida State, he went 198 for 198 on extra points and hit 69 field goals in 78 attempts. Simply put, Aguayo was automatic in college and entered the 2016 NFL Draft as the clear top kicker prospect.
An obvious draft reach led to a poor rookie season
The Buccaneers went a bit too crazy for Aguayo trading up to select him in the second round with the 59th overall pick. Aguayo was an impressive kicker prospect, but that is far too early for any kicker. It was a bad move by Tampa Bay and they are regretting it right now.
Aguayo struggled as a rookie. He went 32 for 34 on extra points and an ugly 22 for 31 on field goal attempts. Aguayo was solid in the short-to-mid range, hitting 18 of 20 field goals of 39 yards or less. However, going 4 for 11 from…
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