Buccaneers bring back kicker Patrick Murray

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2017

The team's new kicker going forward will be Patrick Murray, who agreed to terms with the Bucs on Monday, according to his agents.

Murray was with the Bucs in 2014 and was 20-for-24 on field goals and ideal on 31 extra points.

Folk, who replaced struggling kicker Roberto Aguayo, will be placed on injured reserve with minor designation, which means once he's healthy, he'll be released.

The 31-yarder was the ugliest one because it came with just 5:39 left in the fourth quarter and would've made it a one-score game.

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Players maintained their usual day-after-game routine, then had the weekend and Monday off. Folk was expecting the Bucs to try out possible replacements during the break. He was released by the team in May 2016 after the Bucs drafted Roberto Aguayo in the second round and then Murray played two games for the Browns past year. The Bucs invited Murray, Josh Lambo (former Chargers kicker), Marshall Koehn (former Iowa kicker), Cairo Santos (former Chiefs kicker), Andrew Franks (former Dolphins kicker) and Mike Nugent (veteran National Football League kicker) to Tampa Bay on Monday for workouts.

Murray competed for the Saints kicking job this preseason.

The Buccaneers made the official announcement after bringing six kickers in for tryouts Monday morning. After a solid season that year, it looked like Murray was going to stick around, but he didn't play in 2015 due to a torn ACL.

In 18 career games, Murray is 21 of 26 on field goals and 34 of 35 on extra points. The 32-year-old Folk was 6 of 11 for field goals and 7 of 9 on extra points this season.

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