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Last leg: Bucs waive kicker Patrick Murray

A month ago, it looked like the Bucs would have Connor Barth and Patrick Murray competing for their kicking job for the third year in a row.

Now, in the aftermath of the Bucs drafting FSU's Roberto Aguayo in the second round, both returning kickers are now gone. The Bucs announced Thursday that they waived Murray, who spent last year on injured reserve and was recovering from knee surgery this spring.

As was the case with Barth, who was cut three days after Aguayo was drafted, the move could help Murray land now with a team where he has a better chance of unseating a returning starter. Murray, still only 24, went 20-of-24 on field goals (83 percent) as the Bucs' kicker in 2014, as well as a perfect 31-for-31 on (the older, shorter) extra points, so once he's fully recovered from surgery, he'll have a shot to get back into the NFL.

The Bucs made no corresponding move, so they have an opening on their 90-man roster. In theory, they'd want to bring in a second kicker at least in training camp and preseason, though the significant investment made in Aguayo makes him a lock to be their kicker this season.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 4:48pm]


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