The Move That Had To Be Made

August 12th, 2017

Made his own bed.

This is not a joyful Saturday for Joe.

Yes, Joe wrote last night it was time to move on from Roberto Aguayo. It was. He had so many chances to right himself, and it just wasn’t going to happen. Not in Tampa Bay at least.

Winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has stated repeatedly the Bucs have the most talent on the roster since he has been with the team. Folks who watched the season premiere of “Hard Knocks” know how genuine Koetter’s comments were when he passionately told the team how loaded the roster is.

The team simply could not bank on a playoff berth, or even a playoff game, with a guy who had the entire organization holding its collective breath every time he attempted an extra-point.

Joe stated through the offseason he thought Aguayo had to be perfect in preseason, or damned near perfect, to have a chance of keeping his job.

In the end, Aguayo was anything but perfect.

And now he is unemployed.

46 Responses to “The Move That Had To Be Made”

  1. CautiousOptimism Says:

    Joyous indeed knowing there is no chance Aguayo will be missing any more kicks for the Bucs. Better late than never.

  2. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Well then

  3. Joe Says:

    Joe takes zero joy in any Bucs player flaming out.

  4. Capt. Blighe Says:

    An NFL back up QB and and some corner help must be made too.

  5. Easy Denman Says:

    It had to be done and glad they cut him early on instead of dragging it along all preseason.

  6. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Anther great 2nd rounder! Come on man!

  7. Wausa Says:

    I’m with you Joe
    A lot of People have become rather callous especially on the internet.
    It was time to move on, but anyone that was ever around Roberto knew he was a nice guy. I hope he finds success elsewhere.

  8. Pa Privateer Says:

    Well written JOE.

    We cannot rely on a player that makes us hold our breath

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    Sad on sooooooo many levels

  10. Oxycondoms Says:

    This is what happens when you make decisions after sitting around drinking beer . Licht needs to follow Tom Brady’s diet get in better mental shape

  11. JonBuc Says:

    Don’t you mean shat his own bed? Too bad, really. Had to be done, indeed. After last night…having him around would have been a depressing distraction.

  12. tmaxcon Says:


    you clearly have it backwards sir… every great decision in this world has been made under the influence

  13. chickster Says:

    He needed to move on hope him well but he could of cost us the season bad move to draft him . Theirs no defending it but I feel great about this season and I luv this coach

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    He may be unemployed, but isn’t he still guaranteed some cheese?

  15. PleadingBuc Says:

    Wish the kid the best, but the team had to move on. Hopefully he gets together for and AFC team.

  16. Joe Says:

    Don’t you mean shat his own bed?


  17. grafikdetail Says:

    wonder why they’re showing Fitzpatrick show much patience… dude sucks!!

  18. CannonFodder Says:

    I don’t believe 2nd round picks get any guaranteed pay, but I guess that could be negotiated (not likely)

  19. NJBucsFan Says:

    I think backup QB just became a big issue

  20. Doc D Says:

    Absolutely the right decision. If this was not made, Licht’s credibility would be lost in the locker room. Need to have one standard for performance. Draft round should not matter. Results matter. Follow the Licht!

  21. RayJameisStadium Says:

    I’m expecting a comment from Dave any minute now….

  22. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Such a shame. Rest in Peace Roberto Aguayo, Second round of 2016 draft – Preseason Week 1 2017. He will be missed

  23. BoltIsle Says:

    If Jameis gets hurt, kicking is irrelevant.

  24. chris Says:

    I agree with Cobra, very very doubtful he gets a shot . It was known throughput the league this guy didn’t have it. No coach or GM will put his job on the line knowing it’s less than 50-50 that he’ll make a kick. Hes made more money in one year than some make in more than 20 years.

  25. Dave Pear Says:

    Aguayo received $1,147,322 as a signing bonus and was guaranteed an additional $1,595,094 so together that’s over 2,7 million. After taxes and agent fees he probably made about 1,9 million.if he were frugal he could never have to work another day in his life.

  26. Dave Pear Says:

    Maybe he could open a kicking school.

  27. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Chickster says:
    August 12th, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    He needed to move on hope him well but he could of cost us the season bad move to draft him . Theirs no defending it but I feel great about this season and I luv this coach

    Just WOW!

  28. Ndog Says:

    Now that this is over can we focus on the no show by McCoy, Baker and Goldson along with the rest of the dine last night.

  29. NMBucsFan Says:

    So Barth sucked, then Brindza sucked, then Barth sucked again, then Aguayo (who regardless of long kicks, never missed a kick under 40 at FSU then missed them consistently with the bucs) sucked, and even Folk, who hit 80 something percent of his kicks last year, hasn’t been having a great camp….. Maybe the next guy released should be the kicking coach

  30. Mike Johnson Says:

    Hopefully Roberto saved some of that seasons salary he stole from the Bucs.

  31. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Glad we cut our losses with Aguayo.

    Sure it hurts to miss on a high draft pick but TBBF looks at the bright side with Jason Licht..

    How about Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and perhaps Javien Elliott & Peyton Barber and maybe more….they are all UDFA……not bad.

    You simply have to mix in the bad with the good….Robero Aguayo is history and we have a kicker in his place and if he doesn’t work out he will be replaced….maybe with a UDFA.

  32. martinii Says:

    Shows you the difference between playing on Saturday and playing on Sunday. What concerns me is Roberto played in huge venues under National Championship conditions and was the best in his craft. He comes to the NFL and can’t get out of his own way. If I were a betting man I would wager in time someone will give him a shot and he may perform well. this is a mental thing that with time he should lick.

  33. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    The question now becomes, who will Licht bring in as competition for Folk. The “Joes” are right on the money, this move had to be made, and made today like it was. Flip side to it is, based of Licht’s Sirius XM comments, he and Koetter aren’t sold on Folk yet either….and now the plot thickens. Best of Luck Roberto, GO BUCS!!! By the way “Joes” be sure to pass along sincerest thanks from the Bucs fan base to your “Rock Star” next time you see him for getting the franchise into this mess to begin with, AKA letting Matt Bryant walk.

  34. brendan Says:

    Let’s look at some other facts. We did not use our second round to pick RA. We used our 2-round pick on Noah Spence. Licht traded our third-round pick and the 106th pick in the draft that we had obtained earlier in the day from the Bears. The Chiefs used those picks for a CB that never took a snap for them. They then used the 106th for CB Eric Murray, who didn’t start a game and had eight total tackles as a rookie. It’s a crap shoot.

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    It’s not at all uncommon for a new kicker to be added right after the final cuts.

    The Bucs will have a week and a half to find, try and choose a kicker from the last PS game to the season opener…IF Folk and whatever leg they bring in don’t have the juice.

  36. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t laugh…but I believe Aguayo will receive another opportunity to kick….some teams are forced to carry two kickers (it’s rare) I think the only team employing this now is the Bills… for field goals and another to kick off…
    Aguayo is very good with his kickoffs….he may get another shot….and over time he could be given a chance at field goals.

  37. Pickgrin Says:

    $714,830 is the dead cap $ hit we are taking on Aguayo. That’s roughly the same amount we guaranteed Folk ($750k) so that $ was gone either way.

    I’m guessing the Bucs let Folk kick by himself for the remainder of pre-season and if he starts missing as well – then they would start looking at who else is available or is likely to be available after final cuts.

  38. BucTrooper Says:

    I was reading on a couple of FSU Facebook pages and the reaction is utter shock. One person commented, “when you saw Aguayo, you went to the bathroom because the guy never missed.”

    I was really rooting for him.

  39. Bobby Says:

    My guess is that someday Roberto will revert to his college form and everybody will be bitching that we traded him before giving him a chance. That’s someday and this is now and he had to go. Adios Aguayo!

  40. OneBucPerson Says:

    Honestly Bobby I do hope that’s the case, I hate to see anyone’s career fall flat like this so early. I wouldn’t be mad if he ends up on another team and becomes fantastic, but on this team that’s finally good and that’s trying to get to the playoffs he was a bad fit. I wish him well.

  41. NFLNut Says:

    I love Aguayo … yet I LOVE that Licht cut him even more … that is the type of cut-throat “win now” mentality that can inspire the entire team to play their best.
    Bravo Mr. Licht and Coach K … keep up the good work!

  42. I don't get it Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Can we ditch this racist crap from MikeJohnson? We don’t need it and I’m sure our players don’t appreciate it.
    Thanks for the heads up on that comment. –Joe

  43. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    NFLNUT – Bravo for Mr Licht is not the correct response. The team pissed away a 3rd and 4th rounder on a kicker that sucked. I won’t say bravo for making colossus mistakes. Of course they couldn’t keep a kicker that sucked. That is like throwing an AC unit that doesn’t blow cold air. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Doesn’t mean buying that sh1tty ac unit was a wise decision.

  44. unbelievable Says:

    I don’t think the missed FG got him cut, it was the missed extra point…

  45. T"CHALLA Says:


  46. Buc believer Says:

    T’chala why are you yelling? Turn off your Caps lock!