In a move that was written on the wall after the Bucs selected Roberto Aguayo at pick No. 59 in the draft, Tampa Bay has waived Pat Murray, the team announced Thursday.
K Patrick Murray – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Murray, who spent part of his youth in Ireland before attending Fordham, came on strong for the Bucs in 2014. He unseated Connor Barth as the teams starting kicker in preseason, and went on to hit 20-of-24 field goals in his first year.
But things took a downward turn the following year as Murray suffered a knee injury last August and proceeded to miss two field goals and an extra point during the first two preseason games. This forced the Bucs into an emergency situation and the team responded by trading for Kyle Brindza, who originally earned the job in 2015, and signing Connor Barth, who eventually replaced Brindza after he missed seven kicks over Weeks 3 and 4.
Last year’s debacle at kicker – one that was largely alleviated by Barth, yet still wasn’t a long-term solution – was a factor in the Bucs decision to trade up 15 spots in the second-round to land Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, a player the Bucs believe is the best kicker prospect in recent memory.
Days after drafting Aguayo, the team released Barth and now they’ve officially parted ways with Murray. In 16 career starts, Murray is an 83 percent kicker with a long of 55 yards.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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