Buccaneers Sign K Cairo Santos

The Buccaneers waived Chandler Catanzaro earlier today, and are replacing him by signing kicker Cairo Santos, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Catanzaro was cut earlier today after missing two of his three field goal attempts in the team’s loss to the Redskins yesterday. The Buccaneers are in the midst of a three game losing streak, and their patience with Catanzaro finally wore too thin. Catanzaro has already missed a number of kicks this season, but the team elected to stick with him each time.

Santos spent a few weeks with the Rams earlier this year while Greg Zuerlein nursed a groin injury, and has now found a home in Tampa Bay. Santos was with the Jets earlier this offseason, but was released back in August. Once one of the league’s better kickers, groin injuries derailed Santos’ career.

An undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Tulane, Santos spent a little over three seasons as the Chiefs’ kicker. After re-aggravating a groin injury early in the 2017 season he was placed on injured reserve and eventually replaced by Harrison Butker, who ended up taking his job in Kansas City.

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