Bucs Have A New Kicker

October 9th, 2017

Reportedly signed by Bucs.

UPDATED: 3:28 p.m. – The Bucs signed their 2014 kicker, Patrick Murray, after his tryout with the team today.

Fan favorite Nick Folk was placed on injured reserve with a “”minor injury” classification. Bruised ego? Nipple contusion? Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud Twittered it’s likely knee tendinitis in Folk’s plant leg. Translation: Folk would have kept kicking if he could split the uprights.

Murray drilled 20 of 24 field goals with Tampa Bay as a rookie, including a whopping five of six from 50-plus yards.

He blew out his knee the following preseason as it appeared he was losing his job to Connor Barth, who had just returned to the roster after starring for the Broncos during the second-half of 2014.

Murray didn’t stick with the Browns last season, and the Bucs picked him up on the street. Murray was a solid kicker for the Bucs, so that’s something — something the last two Bucs kickers can’t say.

77 Responses to “Bucs Have A New Kicker”

  1. Dooshlarue Says:

    I was hoping for Cairo, and yeah I know he’s hurt.

  2. SOFIERCE Says:

    Let the season begin!

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    Oh..the hair shirt of a Bucs fan

  4. Alexandre Nascimento Says:

    I still hoping for Cairo, and yeah I know he’s hurt

  5. T in Orlando Says:

    Is Cairo PS eligible? If so, why not sign him there? I would be nice to have another kicker on the team that management has had a long look at (more than a 2 hour tryout).

  6. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Sign Marshall Koehn to compete with Murray and Sign Santos to compete with whoever wins the Job when he gets healthy.

    At this point we just can’t afford to pass up on anyone.

  7. BIG IRISH.....SECTION 303 Says:

    Guinness for everyone!!
    My Irishman is back!!!


  8. Easy Denman Says:

    Lol revolving door of kickers.

  9. mike n Says:

    i liked the kid that kicked for the chargers in preseason. Did we cut folk?

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    Murray was solid as a Buc.

  11. darin Says:

    Welcome back Patty! N GOOD LUCK patty! 20 for 24 this year would sweet, one game of folks misses then perfecto. We sure could use some long ones too. Nice move bucs.

  12. Capt.Tim Says:

    Murray was a good kicker for us.
    Been a little less so, since the injury.
    Like several here,
    I wish Pat the very best
    But lets keep Cairo close by. Just in case

  13. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Had we signed him last Monday the Bucs would almost certainly be 3-1 now. Damnit!

  14. bucster Says:

    Is this the point in the season where Joe reminds us how great of a GM Jason Licht is?

  15. Waterboy Says:

    Hopefully this one will workout if not, next man up.

  16. LakeLand Says:

    That’s figure another retread

  17. GhosofSchiano Says:

    Houston signed 2?

  18. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Pat is back baby!

    When Nick Folk exited Jason Licht’s office after he got cut, he missed the door wide left and ran into the wall

  19. Rojas Says:

    Just read Cairo Santos was their top choice, but wouldn’t be ready until November. Also read because of Santos being ready by November, Pats stay might be a short one.

  20. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    LOL everyone asking why they haven’t fired Folk yet…are now asking why we didn’t sign Santos who is injured! Tell me how that works?

    I’m happy with this to potentially get us by until something better like Santos is available. I hope the Bucs start practicing 2pt conversions at a rapid rate.

  21. Rojas Says:

    Also read Lamarr Houston was working out for tampa

  22. King C Says:


    I was thinking the exact same thing

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Santos is..the Man. But Murray is probably more reliable than Folk. Lets all widh Mr. Folk the very best. Don’t be surprised to see the Bucs still sign Santos though after his Rehab. Better kick the lights out Murray. Somebody is waiting in the wings…….

  24. King C Says:

    @Tampa Bay Tailgater

    Maybe not the injured Cairo but isn’t it frustrating that the Chiefs and Raiders were able to sign high-quality replacements in Giorgio Tavecchio and Harrison Butker so quickly off the street?

    We’ve been trying and failing for years to find a replacement for Matt Bryant (including wasting a draft pick we could have used on a defender) and given the team’s track record, I’d be surprised if Murray is here next year.

  25. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Who cares……we’ll see how this guy does…..the losses are in the past.

    Let’s hope he’s just solid the whole season

  26. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    @King C

    Absolutely. You have to question who is making the final decision in the kicking evaluation process. We are going on a decade of round robin’ at the kicking position. Incredibly frustrating, like you say, when other teams get these guys off the street and they drill kick after kick. Seeing the KC kicker last night drill 4 or 5 kicks on prime time made me wonder how different 3-1 would feel over 2-2.

  27. Tom Edrington Says:

    Don’t know why everyone gets so excited about an injured place kicker they have most likely not seen, only heard about….”Fascinating” as Mr. Spock used to say!

  28. Tom Edrington Says:

    Is Santos the bongo player in Santana’s band when he’s not kicking?

  29. pick6 Says:

    so wait, was he unemployed or hurt for all of 2016?

  30. DoNUTS Says:

    Donald Penn on front page of NY POST. Wish we still had his nasty on our OL.

  31. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    I had Santos on my fantasy team this year…he was only 3-3 from 30-39 yds. Made all 12 XP before he was injured.

    In 2016, Santos was 31 for 35 (88.6) (longest from 54). Santos was 36 for 39 on XP (92.3%).

    Folk in 2016 was 27 for 31 (87.1%) with his longest from 51. Folk was 24 for 26 on XP (92.3%).

    With the Bucs, Folk is now 54.5% on FG’s and 77.8% on XP.

  32. Seminole Bill Says:

    Before everyone gets giddy about our new kicker, consider this:

    “Murray and Barth were both released September 4, 2015, from the Tampa Bay roster in favor of rookie kicker Kyle Brindza. On September 5, 2015, he (Murray) was placed on injured reserve. On May 19, 2016, he was waived by the Buccaneers. On June 9, 2016, Murray signed with the Cleveland Browns. On September 11, 2016, Murray connected on his first field goal as a member of the Browns, a 35-yarder. On September 24, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was released by the Browns on December 23, 2016. On August 6, 2017, Murray signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was waived on August 12, 2017.”

  33. Buc believer Says:

    Nick Folk on IR? Really? I think Licht is just trying to save face by saying he was hurt instead of he cant pick a kicker.

  34. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “UPDATE 2:29 p.m. ET: The Buccaneers announced Murray’s signing. Folk has been placed on injured reserve with a “minor injury” designation, which means he’ll be released once he’s healthy”

    Fingers crossed that we can just have an average to below average kick game vs worst in the league.

  35. adam from ny Says:

    i like the asian kid who was with the chargers…koo…he has a coo name…and the bucs would be coo to have a more multi cultural team…can anyone say asian persuasion?…i’m sure folk can…his mind always seemed to be in thailand on gameday

  36. adam from ny Says:

    i like the asian kid who was with the chargers…koo…he has a coo name…and the bucs would be coo to have a more multi cultural team…can anyone say asian persuasion?…i’m sure folk can…his mind always seemed to be in thailand on gameday

  37. gbobucsfan Says:

    Folk’s feeling were hurt so badly that he went on IR? Yikes

  38. Lion Says:

    Should have signed Butker while we had the chance. Dude is one of the best kickers I have seen in a long time. Every one of his kicks go straight down the middle of the uprights no matter where he kicks it from. Chiefs badly beat us to the punch.

  39. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I didn’t know butt-hurt constituted IR.

  40. BigMacAttack Says:

    It’s a good start.

  41. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    Anyone notice that Folk seems over weight and out of shape? Go back and look at some pics from last year with the Jets.

  42. Cobraboy Says:

    Any of those guys would have made the Bucs 3-1.

  43. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    @Cobraboy SADLY YOU ARE CORRECT. Welcome back Murray!

  44. BurgDweller Says:

    There needs to be some sort of ritualistic sacrifice of a chicken on the 50 yard line at Raymond James. Well maybe not that brutal but maybe Patrick Murray needs to throw a bucket of KFC legs through the goal posts to get rid of the bad juju!

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Capt.Tim Says
    “Murray was a good kicker for us.
    Been a little less so, since the injury.”

    You mean in the whole two kicks he had? Of which he made half. lol

  46. BucsFanDan Says:

    reports are saying that Folk landed on the IR

  47. bucster Says:

    Folk put on IR with a bad case of Aguayoitis.

  48. Bucamania Says:

    Out of shape and another safe space kicker. Apparently Chris Baker ruined him. Poor guy.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Oh my gosh…they placed Nick Folk on Injured Reserve! LOL

  50. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bet I know why they did it. If they cut him they owe him more money. If they put him on IR they can reach a settlement.

    Don’t think it is within the rules, but I bet Licht don’t care, lol.

    And so…watch the Bucs get sued by another kicker…lol

  51. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    His injured pride landed him on IR.

  52. Seminole Bill Says:

    A prediction: Folk will get picked up by another team mid-season, then kick a game-winning FG sending his new team to the playoffs.

  53. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Lamarr Houston in for a tryout? Are they kidding us? He’s another injury prone player who never did anything (except one year of 8 sacks).

  54. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Seminole Bill

    Folk is still with the team. Injured Reserve.

  55. Roy T. Buford Says:

    What I remember most is he kicks them lower then most do, yet hard, almost like a Soccer penalty kick…very unusual look to his kicks. My fear is these will have a tendancy to be low enough to get blocked at times. Gees, hope I’m wrong.

  56. FartinMartin Says:

    Surprised I haven’t seen Lawrence ‘Mersa’ Tynes on somebody’s WishList.

  57. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Blocked by the Browns. I hope this is rare!


  58. Pickgrin Says:

    At least we now have a kicker who has not missed 5 FGs in his last 2 games on the roster…

  59. voiceofreason Says:

    your block video led me to this great memory (run michael!)

  60. Buc believer Says:

    He may be on IR because it is his time of the month

  61. DB55 Says:

    Call the raiders in 3 weeks. They can’t keep both their kickers and they’re are both awesome af. Then you can cut Murray again.

  62. Captain Big Stick Says:

    I hate field goals now.. like dread them.

  63. Blindmelon Says:

    Good. With Murray’s Injury history says sign The injured chiefs kicker… Santos to the PS too

  64. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Actually, I just threw a dart at the ol’ injury dart board in my office. “Knee Tendonitis” was the winner! Then, I slapped a byline on it. Now, that’s journalism at its finest!

  65. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DB55 Says
    “Call the raiders in 3 weeks. They can’t keep both their kickers and they’re are both awesome af. Then you can cut Murray again.”

    Or…we could see if he loses the job on his own by giving him a fair chance. What happens in three weeks if he has only missed one FG? Or none?

    Really, the guy hasn’t had a fair shake since leaving here. He filled in for an injured kicker, making 2 of 4 FGs and all but one XP. Other than that, he spent time in a camp where the kicker was predetermined.

    I say give him a chance. And yes, I know 3 games is giving him a chance. I meant give him a chance before deciding to cut him.

    I have a feeling the kid might just prove that the Bucs should never have drafted Aguayo (as if we needed proof).

  66. DBS Says:

    Hope we don’t need him that often. Like Andy Reid said during their game yesterday. We should be scoring TD’d not kicking Field Goals.

  67. DBS Says:

    ^ TD’s

  68. Broy34 Says:

    Bonzai nicely done. Gotta love when people try to sound smart lmao

  69. DB55 Says:


    The back up kicker is perfect he hasn’t missed a kick and you know Sabastian money too. Can’t go wrong.

  70. DB55 Says:


    Don’t do it to yourself brother. Best to leave me alone. Ty

  71. Broy34 Says:

    Yea DB I’m absolutely terrified with what a stranger will say on a keyboard. I do as I please and it pleases me to call out a negative guy who refers to McCoy as ice cream man. Ur funny though I got a nice laugh at a joebucsfan.com threat. I sincerely hope you find joy in life eventually.

  72. DB55 Says:


    Me too! Ty.

  73. Broy34 Says:

    And db55 I was referring to your comment on another article I believe. And when I said nicely done bonzai is was talking about his comment about captain tim saying he hasnt been good since his injury. So really not sure what your beef is. It is humorous however as I do indeed believe you to be constantly negative

  74. Cobraboy Says:

    Roy T. Buford Says:

    Blocked by the Browns. I hope this is rare!


    Terrible blocking, #90 leaped through the C/G and almost caught the kick in his chest.

    That is not on Murray.

  75. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Cobraboy, fair enough…hope he works out.

  76. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Nipple contusion!!!!!! Lmfao!!!!!!😝😜🤣👊👊👊 goteeeeeem!!!! That’s gold Jerry, I mean joe!!!! Nailed it.

  77. Issic Haggins Says:

    Bonsai , he had 45 to 50 tackles for several years and 8 sacks plus over 60 tackles a couple years ago …………. please show me some Bucs d lineman with talent to put up or have put up 65 tackles and 8 sacks.

    Yes he is injury prone but lottsa players that truly ball out snap to snap are also,,,,, C Conte is also but he brings allot of effort play in and play out and actually has been very good !!! C Conte brings the wood way more than is realized by the fans and that is why he gets injured .