Buccaneers bring in familiar face to replace Nick Folk

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Buccaneers bring in familiar face to replace Nick Folk

The Buccaneers' kicking saga has a new chapter, but with a familiar face - Patrick Murray, who was with the Bucs in 2014 and was most recently with Cleveland Browns in 2016.

Folk was anticipated to be a better solution in the kicking game after the Bucs waived 2016 second-round choice Roberto Aguayo before the regular season due to his well-documented kicking woes.

Folk, signed in free agency last spring to rectify a mistake Tampa Bay made by drafting Roberto Aguayo in the second round of last year's National Football League draft, also missed two field goals and an extra point before booting a 34-yard victor the previous week against the New York Giants.

Coach Dirk Koetter originally said they weren't going to make any "rash decisions", but they signed Murray after the workout on Monday.

During Murray's tenure in Tampa Bay, he went 20-of-24 on field goals and 31-of-31 on extra point attempts in 2014. 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.

The news of Murray's signing doesn't come as a surprise after Folk missed all three of his field goals against the Patriots Thursday night and was a key ingredient in the team's disappointing loss at home.

Murray has a career field-goal percentage of 80.8, which is a lot higher than what Folk has given the Bucs this year. He was also a flawless 31 of 31 on extra points. He's only played in two games since then because of a torn ACL. Through five games Folk has connected on just 6 of 11 field-goal attempts (54.5 percent).

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