Bucs bring in six kickers for workout Monday
The Bucs, considering their options to potentially replace struggling kicker Nick Folk, are expected to bring in six kickers for a workout Monday in Tampa.
The list includes former Bucs kicker Pat Murray, who was the Bucs' kicker in 2014 but has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries, as well as former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo and former Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn. The list also includes former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos, who is still about three weeks away from a healthy return from a groin injury and will be in for a physical.
Two kickers previously reported for the workout were former Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks and veteran NFL kicker Mike Nugent, who played briefly for the Bucs in 2009.
Lambo, 26, was the Chargers' kicker for the past two seasons, going 26-for-32 last year on field goals with a long of 47 yards, and 42-for-46 on extra points. Murray, 26, spent two games as the Browns' kicker before suffering a knee injury, but he's healthy now and was with the Saints in preseason.
Koehn, 25, has been in NFL camps each of the last two preseasons, with the Dolphins last year and with Minnesota in 2017. He hit a 58-yard field goal in preseason this year, finishing 2-for-3 on field goals and going 5-for-6 on extra points, but lost out to Kai Forbath.
Santos is arguably the best kicker of the lot, but was waived-injured by the Chiefs due to his groin injury. The 25-year-old is in his fourth NFL season, with an 84.8 percent career success rate on field goals (31/35 last year) and at least one kick of 53 yards or longer in each of his first three seasons. He would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season, but isn't healthy enough to be an immediate solution for the Bucs.
The Bucs are looking for kicking help because Folk has missed six kicks in the last two games, going 0-for-3 on field goals Thursday in a 19-14 loss to the Patriots. Last week, Folk missed two field goals and an extra point, but made the winning field goal as time expired in a 25-23 win against the Giants.