Bucs K Patrick Murray - Photo by: Getty Images
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in six kickers on Monday in an effort to replace Nick Folk, who has missed seven kicks (five field goals and two extra points) through the first four games of the 2017 season. In the end, the one who was signed was a familiar face – Patrick Murray.
Murray was Tampa Bay’s kicker in 2014 and hit on 83.3 percent of his kicks (20-of-24), including 5-of-6 from 50 yards and beyond, but an injury in training camp allowed Connor Barth to assume the kicking duties in 2015. Murray signed with Cleveland in 2016 where he was 1-of-2 before another injury cost him the rest of the season.
During Thursday night’s 19-14 loss to New England in which Folk missed three field goals, Murray retweeted a post of himself kicking a long field goal, showing that he is now healthy and ready to be signed.
— Pat Murray (@patmurray723) September 17, 2017
— Pat Murray (@patmurray723) September 17, 2017
Folk is being placed on injured reserve with a minor designation, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which means the team must release him once he’s healthy.
The Bucs also worked out Marshall Koehn, Andrew Franks, Josh Lambo and former Bucs kicker Mike Nugent on Monday, in addition to bringing in Cairo Santos, who was the Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker the last four years. He’s made 89-of-105 field goals (84.8 percent) of his career and 125-of-130 extra points (96.2 percent). The Brazilian born Santos connected on 88.6 percent of his field goals last year (31-of-35), including both from 50 yards and beyond, and was 36-of-39 on extra points (92.3 percent).
Santos was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals and 12-of-12 on extra points in the first three games this season before the Chiefs released him with a groin injury. Santos is expected to be out at least two more weeks and the Bucs brought him in for a physical to confirm that.
If Murray struggles in the coming weeks and Santos returns from injury, don’t be surprised if Tampa Bay makes another switch at kicker this season.
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Get the Folk outta here, it’s time for Pat-fricken-Murray to score us some damn points!
Glad to see Pat back! Hope this time he can stick around – he’s a good guy.
3 is charm hopefully.
He certainly can’t be worse!
Well here goes another one. Folk had to be cut, no doubt about it. Let’s hope Patrick can rid us of this horrible kicking curse. If he comes out and misses his first kick next week, I’m playing the game like madden. We are going for it on fourth and always going for two. In all seriousness though let’s hope he’s the answer.
Hopefully Santos will be around in a couple of weeks. He is by far the best option out there! He would be the solution to the Bucs kicking problems.
Don’t take any chances sign Santos and wait for him to get healthy. Murray can hold the fort till then.
not that the bucs need to obsess over money, but i guess the fact that Santos is a UFA almost certain to test the market makes him a less desirable long term option. As a 25 year old kicker with a great track record entering UFA, we could go from the league’s most insanely over-drafted kicker to the league’s most insanely over-paid kicker in a 3 offseason span. let’s hope murray is as reliable as before and well past any health issues, and makes kicker a non-conversation for years
Some of you are suggesting that K Pat Murray is a temporary fix. Roy Cummings/FloridaFootballInsiders believes the same. Roy said “The Bucs were also believed to be looking on Monday at former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos and according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, he was their top choice for the job.
I’ve not heard anything from the Bucs officially and don’t expect to. I personally think if you got a kicker and he doesn’t miss, it’s his job to keep. I like the choice and hope that Murray succeeds. If not, it’s being reported that there is an alternative. Go Bucs!
macabee – seems that any and all kickers are “temporary” until they prove their worth. Any kicker will miss a field goal every now or then … missing 7 kicks in two successive games, including shorty FGs and XPs, is a guaranteed ticket out of OBP.
Can’t we just sign Santos now? If he is the best out there, sign them both. A lot of kickers have been missing and he might get signed elsewhere.
He looks a lot like Gramatica in that picture.
Seems like a good approach …. if Murray continues the recent tradition of snake-bit Bucs kickers, then we need to hire some quality soothsayers or medicine men or women to cure us of the curse.
And Santos is still available should Murray stink it up the next couple of weeks.
Which knee did Murray injure? He has a big leg and was amazing from long distance when we had him before. He was an all-american kicker at Fordham. I just wonder if he’s damaged goods, but I’m assuming he made some kicks in the tryout today.
The kicker the Chiefs off the Panthers ps is looking very good after missing his first fg but is 100% since. We should have know about this kid being in our division. Was Light sleeping on this one? He has a strong leg and puts his kick offs thru the back of end zone.
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