Roberto Aguayo: Los Angeles Chargers sign struggling kicker

By Alex Butler  |  Jan. 10, 2018 at 3:05 PM
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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Roberto Aguayo to a reserve/future free agent contract.

Los Angeles announced the signing on Wednesday.

Aguayo, 23, was a second-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Florida State product made 22-of-31 field goal attempts during his rookie campaign. He made 32-of-34 extra point attempts.

He lost his job this preseason with the Buccaneers and spent some time on the practice squad for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. The Chargers used four different kickers last season, hitting a league-worst 67 percent of their field goal attempts. Those legs included Nick Novak, Travis Coons, Youhoe Koo and Nick Rose.

Aguayo was a first-team All-American in three seasons at Florida State. He finished his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, making 96.7 percent of his attempts.

With the addition of Aguayo, the Chargers have signed 11 players to reserve/future contracts at the end of the season, including Braedon Bowman, Brett Boyko, A.J. Hendy, Anthony Kukwa, James Onwualu, Andre Patton, Jeff Richards, Whitney Richardson, Artavis Scott and Cole Toner.

Aguayo did not attempt a kick this season, and went 1-for-3 in the preseason. He also missed an extra point in the preseason, leading to his release.

His younger brother, Ricky Aguayo, is a sophomore kicker at Florida State.

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