Bucs sign former Saints kicker Zach Hocker
One day after cutting Roberto Aguayo, the Bucs added another kicker to challenge Nick Folk during training camp, adding former Saints and Rams kicker Zach Hocker.
Hocker, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Redskins in 2014 but never played for Washington. He kicked for the Saints and Rams in 2015, going 10-for-14 on field goals with a long of 51 yards and 12-of-13 on extra points. He was in camp with the Bengals last year but was among their final cuts.
Folk, with $750,000 guaranteed on his contract, is now a strong favorite to be the Bucs' kicker for 2017, after Aguayo was cut after missing an extra point and field goal in Friday's preseason opener. By adding Hocker, the Bucs can split reps in practice and keep competition in the preseason with Folk.
Hocker has played in the Tampa Bay area before -- after his college career at Arkansas, he played in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, hitting three field goals, including a 56-yarder. He faced the Bucs once with the Saints in 2015, missing an extra point and a 42-yard field goal in a 26-19 Bucs victory.