Connor Barth
Saints' Connor Barth: Signs with Saints
Connor Barth, K, NO
5/20/2016
News: The Saints will sign Barth, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.

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Patrick Murray
Patrick Murray: Waived by Bucs on Thursday
Patrick Murray, K, TB
5/19/2016
News: Murray was waived by the Bucs on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 24-year-old last kicked for the Bucs in his rookie year of 2014, hitting 20 of 24 field goals, including 5 of 6 from 50 yards or more. Murray was also perfect that season on 31 extra points at the previous distance, but suffered a knee injury last summer and was in the midst of recovering from spring knee surgery. The timing of the move figures to provide the Fordham product with plenty of time to find a training camp opportunity for 2016, and also leaves the Bucs with an opening on their 90-man roster.

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Kai Forbath
Saints' Kai Forbath: Signing with Saints
Kai Forbath, K, NO
5/19/2016
News: The Saints will sign Barth, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to compete with Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.

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Josh Scobee
Josh Scobee: Released by Saints
Josh Scobee, K, NO
5/17/2016
News: Scobee was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Katherine Terrell reports.

Scobee signed on with the Saints back in March but will once again be a free agent as it appears the team is confident heading forward with Kai Forbath as the lone kicker on the roster. The veteran Scobee will hope to find his way onto another team in search of some competition at kicker as training camps near.

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Nick Folk
Jets' Nick Folk: Resumes kicking
Nick Folk, K, NYJ
5/10/2016
News: Folk (quadriceps) has resumed kicking, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.

Folk sustained a Grade 1 quadriceps strain during pregame warmups in Week 9, and his fate for the season was sealed just two days later when he landed on injured reserve. In a seven-game sample prior to the injury, his success rate on field goals (13-for-16, or 81.3 percent) was in line with his career mark of 80.6 percent. Of note, though, was a perfect 19-for-19 from the new extra-point distance, which ensures his stature as the Jets' clear-cut kicker, assuming he regains his previous prowess.

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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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Ka'imi Fairbairn
Texans' Ka'Imi Fairbairn: Signs with Houston
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, HOU
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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