Second chances are the best. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray is getting one of those after the team signed him to get their kicking game turned around. Nick Folk will be released after back-to-back tough outings in which he missed five field goals and an extra point in total. The Buccaneers lost to the New England Patriots by five with Folk missing three field goals.
It has been a rough couple of years as far as kickers for the Bucs go. They traded up to take Roberto Aguayo — the most accurate kicker in college football history — in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, who had a tough rookie year and was beat out for the job by Folk in his second season. Aguayo went 22-for-31 with eight misses inside 50 yards and also missed two extra points in 2016, while Folk was 6-for-11 with a missed extra point in 2017.
Murray comes back after a rough couple of seasons for himself personally. He was released by the Bucs in 2015 despite a 20-for-24 season that also included a very impressive 5-for-6 from 50 yards or more. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, but was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Now, he returns to the team that first gave him a chance in the NFL with a shot at redemption. I have a feeling this is going to go well for all parties.