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Caleb Sturgis has won the kicking competition, Chargers release Roberto Aguayo

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Despite hitting the game-winner on Thursday, Roberto Aguayo was unable to unseat Caleb Sturgis.

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers have had an ongoing battle for the Kicker position all offseason after adding Caleb Sturgis on a two year deal and Roberto Aguayo on a one year contract. It would appear that decision has now been made.

Roberto Aguayo, a former second round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft, performed quite well with the Chargers over the course of the competition. Through four preseason games, he went a perfect three for three in field goals (Sturgis went two for three, for reference) and also did not miss an extra point. In the practice session I attended, he closed the day out going eight for nine, with the only miss being a 53 yard attempt that he hit on his second try.

This was the fourth team Aguayo has had a chance with, though it may not be his last. When you consider how he was with the Buccaneers, it would appear he has come a long way in fixing whatever issues he was having. He clearly has the talent to be a successful NFL kicker, he has shown as much and it’s not exactly every year that a kicker gets selected in the second round.

Caleb Sturgis, the kicker the Chargers have decided to enter the season with, was signed to a two year contract worth 4.45 million dollars. This quote from Anthony Lynn after the week four contest against the San Francisco 49ers shows that the team anticipated this to be the eventual outcome of the battle...

I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope this kicking decision goes better than the last one this team made entering the 2017 season.