The Bears give Roberto Aguayo a second chance
He’ll get to compete with Connor Barth.
The Chicago Bears have picked up Roberto Aguayo off waivers, where he’ll compete with another former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker in Connor Barth, per ESPN’s Field Yates. Not sure why Chicago wants the guys who couldn’t hack it in Tampa, but there you have it.
Aguayo was cut on Saturday, after he missed two of his three kicks in the team’s first preseason game of 2017 against the Cincinnati Bengals. His mechanics still looked out of whack, and given his consistent struggles last year and some struggles during the offseason, the Bucs cut their losses and moved on from their former second-round pick.
Instead, Nick Folk will more or less be handed the starting job in Tampa. The Bucs may try to bring in some real competition (they did so, kind of, by signing Zack Hocker), but there’s not likely to be many truly competitive kickers available until final cuts—and you only pick up a kicker in final cuts if you really hate the one your already have.
The Bears picking up Aguayo will now give us a chance to see whether it really was the pressure of being a high draft pick that messed with the kicker’s head, which seems to be a popular theory. I don’t really care whether that’s why he collapsed: a kicker has to be able to handle the pressure regardless of where it’s coming from.
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