Bucs made right call in quickly cutting losses with Roberto Aguayo

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- A week ago today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter called kicker Roberto Aguayo "lights out." Aguayo had made 10-of-10 field goals, and Koetter joked, "Whatever he ate for breakfast, he better eat it every day.

Now Aguayo is without a job, having missed both an extra point and a 47-yard field-goal attempt in the Bucs' preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bucs could not afford any more of a circus with this. Not when expectations for this team are higher than they have been in the last 10 years, and possibly prior to that. Not with Green Bay and New England on the schedule, or games against Detroit and Minnesota that could wind up being very close, or in what's become a wide-open contest each year in the NFC South.

Last year was enough. They had to chalk this one up as a loss, eat his $428,000 in guaranteed money and move on.

It's not as if they were not prepared for it. That's why they sat Aguayo down at the end of the season and told him, "We are bringing in competition." The Bucs signed veteran Nick Folk to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million with $750,000 guaranteed.

Give general manager Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter credit for doing the right thing here. They saw what happened last year and had to prepare for a potential loss, before it was too late. Some teams hold onto players long after the writing's on the wall.

Some might say that keeping Aguayo all of last season was the wrong move. Some would argue that it sent the wrong message to the team that, in a bottom-line business, performance standards are different depending on draft status and position. But you could also argue that players saw a team determined to honor a commitment to a struggling player, to help a "family" member.


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