Bears bring back Roberto Aguayo for kicker tryout

Four weeks after the Bears released kicker Roberto Aguayo, they brought him back for another look.

Aguayo was part of a two-man tryout at Halas Hall, according to an NFL source familiar with the situation. The Bears also had Josh Lambo in for a tryout.

Connor Barth is 2-for-4 on field goal attempts this season. He connected on a 54-yard attempt in the season opener against the Falcons and made a 24-yard try in Week 3 against the Steelers. However, he missed wide right on a 47-yard attempt at Green Bay last week and was also wide right from 47 yards against Pittsburgh.

The Bears claimed Aguayo off waivers from the Buccaneers on Aug. 13, a move that put them on the hook for the remaining guarantee in his contract as Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2016. Aguayo is due $428,000 this season and there is offset language but as long as he is unemployed, that means the Bears are paying him.

Aguayo struggled in preseason and had a rough rookie year as he was 22 of 31 in 2016 with his longest make from 43 yards. He was 4 of 10 on tries from 40 to 49 yards. The Bucs traded up to draft Aguayo 59th overall last year, making him a disappointment for the franchise.

Lambo spent the last two seasons with the Chargers but was beaten out for the job this summer by Younghoe Koo, a South Korean who is off to a rocky start as he’s made only three of six field goal attempts. He was 26 of 32 last season and 26 of 32 in 2015 as well but missed a total of eight extra points in the two seasons. The 26-year-old Lambo is 31 for 32 inside of 40 yards in his career and the Bears lauded Barth’s accuracy from inside of 40 when he was signed to replace Robbie Gould last September.

It could be the Bears just wanted to kick the tires on Aguayo again and get a look at Lambo. Barth was re-signed this year to a one-year contract worth $980,000. It’s considered a minimum salary benefit deal for purposes of the salary cap, meaning Barth will only count $695,000 vs. the team’s cap. The Bears guaranteed Barth $155,000 — $80,000 in the form of a signing bonus with $75,000 of his base salary is also guaranteed.

A record-setter during his college career at Florida State, Aguayo badly missed a 49-yarder in Week 2 of preseason at Arizona. It was his only field goal attempt for the Bears.

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