Bucs sign K Murray to replace Folk

Bucs sign K Murray to replace Folk

Bucs sign K Murray to replace Folk

For the second time in two months, the Buccaneers have made a decision to replace their starting kicker.

Murray attended Fordham University and signed with the Bucs in 2014 to a futures contract.

The Buccaneers officially placed Folk on injured reserve with a "minor injury" classification and signed a familiar face in kicker Patrick Murray, the team announced Monday.

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.

The Cleveland Browns had named the FCS All-American kicker their starter last season, but Murray re-aggravated the same knee before Cleveland's Week 3 game.

Folk's recent struggles, coupled with second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo's misses previous year, prompted the Bucs to take swift action. The team brought in several kickers on Monday - including Mike Nugent, Andrew Franks, Josh Lambo, Cairo Santos, Murray and Marshall Koehn - to complete for Folk's job.

Murray, who had been competing for a job in New Orleans this summer, kicked for the Buccaneers during the 2014 season.

Roberto Aguayo was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the season for the simple reason that he had failed to consistently drill makable field goals and extra-point attempts.

Murray is 85.7 percent in his career on field goals from 40 or more yards, which was an area of struggle for the Bucs with Aguayo.

He missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL and in a cruel twist of fate, suffered the same injury again while in Cleveland, where he played in just two games.

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