Roberto Aguayo
Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Path to starting job cleared with Connor Barth's release
Roberto Aguayo, K, TB
5/2/2016
News: Aguayo's path to a starting job was apparently cleared with Monday's release of incumbent Connor Barth, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The 2016 surprise second-round selection seemed naturally destined for the starting job considering the fact that the Bucs traded up in the second round to nab him, and Barth consequently requested his release earlier Monday. Barth will leave Tampa as the most accurate kicker in franchise history (83.8 percent field-goal conversion rate), a standard that Aguayo will be expected to exceed in order to live up to the investment made in him. His pedigree as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history would seem to point to the fact that he would be up to the task, something that general manager Jason Licht is counting on. "The importance of special teams is paramount,'' Licht said. "And when you get a chance to get the best kicker in the history of college football, I didn't want to risk it. I like the confidence in him; I like the way he's wired. I like the body of work he's put out there obviously. A great kicker can be the difference in several games.''

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Connor Barth
Buccaneers' Connor Barth: Expected to be released
Connor Barth, K, TB
5/2/2016
News: Barth is expected to be released by the Buccaneers on Monday, the Tampa Times reports.

Barth's upcoming release comes after the Buccaneers selected fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of this weekend's draft. After converting 23-of-28 field goal attempts for the Bucs last season, Barth will hope to earn a kicking job elsewhere ahead of the upcoming campaign.

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Ka'imi Fairbairn
Texans' Ka'Imi Fairbairn: Signs with Houston
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, DRF
4/30/2016
News: Fairbairn reached a deal with the Texans, per a source, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fairbairn made all 47 of his extra points and 20 of his 24 field-goal attempts during his seasons year. Nick Novak ended the 2015 season as the team's kicker, but he didn't perform so well that the Texans shouldn't entertain other options.

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Brandon McManus
Broncos' Brandon McManus: Signs exclusive-rights tender
Brandon McManus, K, DEN
4/19/2016
News: McManus will return to Denver in 2016 after signing his tender, the team's official site reports.

McManus excelled in his first full year on the job in 2015, ranking fifth in league in both field goals, 30, and field goals of 50 yards or longer, five. A big leg combined with eight games Denver's thin air tends to add up to a quality fantasy kicker. McManus' real-life football value might dip in 2016, however. His booming leg led him to rank fifth in the league with 55 touchbacks in 2015 - a skill that will lose some of its appeal now that touchbacks will be taken out to the 25-yard line.

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Josh Brown
Giants' Josh Brown: Re-signing with Giants
Josh Brown, K, NYG
4/18/2016
News: Browns is expected to re-sign with the Giants on a two-year, $4 million deal, the New York Daily News reports.

Brown is fresh off the best statistical season of his 13-year career, as he converted 30-of-32 field goal attempts for the Giants last year. Although he'll turn 37 years old soon, Brown has shown little signs of aging and should provide a reliable weapon in New York's kicking game for the next couple campaigns.

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Greg Zuerlein
Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Receives one-year extension
Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR
4/15/2016
News: Zuerlein signed a one-year contract extension with the Rams on Friday, NFL.com reports.

It appears the Rams are willing to give "Legatron" one more shot at turning things around after a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he converted just 20-of-30 field goal attempts and 26-of-28 extra point attempts. It's possible he will have some competition in camp as well, but Zuerlein will likely enter the favorite to retain the job.

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Travis Coons
Browns' Travis Coons: Re-signs with Browns
Travis Coons, K, CLE
4/4/2016
News: Coons has re-signed with the Browns.

Coons set an NFL record by making 18 consecutive field goals to begin his career last season, when he converted 28-of-32 attempts overall. Such consistency has him slated to be the Browns' starting kicker once again this term.

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Dan Carpenter
Bills' Dan Carpenter: Accepts renegotiated deal
Dan Carpenter, K, BUF
3/15/2016
News: Carpenter agreed to lower his 2016 base salary from $2.025 million to $1.775 million, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

A candidate to be released, Carpenter had to make some concessions if he wanted to stick with Buffalo. In addition to a $250,000 pay cut that can be recouped through incentives, he also agreed to move his upcoming $250,000 roster bonus back to September. Carpenter will still have to fend off competition for his job, as last season's 85.2 percent conversion rate on field goals would look a whole lot better if he hadn't missed six extra points.

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Phil Dawson
49ers' Phil Dawson: Agrees to re-sign with 49ers
Phil Dawson, K, SF
3/12/2016
News: Dawson agreed to a one-year deal with San Francisco, CSN Bay Area reports.

Dawson turned 41 in January and his range has never been better than average, but he remained a remarkably accurate kicker in 2015, making 24-of-27 attempts. If Chip Kelly sees to an uptempo offense of even modest success in San Francisco, Dawson should have a good number of field goal opportunities in 2016.

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