The Buccaneers signed former Kansas City, Chicago and Los Angeles Rams kicker Cairo Santos on Monday to replace Chandler Catanzaro. The Bucs nearly signed Santos last year to replace Patrick Murry, but he was coming off a groin injury last year.

Santos was brought in for a tryout two weeks ago, but the Bucs elected to stick with Catanzaro, who made all four of his extra points in Carolina last year, but was 1-of-3 on his field goals yesterday, including a miss from 30 yards.

The Brazilian born Santos was 3-of-3 last season in Kansas City with all three of his field goals coming in the 30-39-yard range prior to his groin injury and was perfect on all 12 of his extra points before being released. He signed with Chicago where he was 1-of-2 last year, missing from beyond 50 yards, but making both extra points.

Santos was signed by the Rams for two games this year and went 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) on field goals with his lone miss coming from beyond 40 yards. He was 5-of-6 on extra points. Prior to kicking with the Rams, Santos spent the offseason with the New York Jets, who released him on August 22 after he missed time with an injury.

Santos’ best season came in 2016 when he connected on 88.6 percent of his field goals, making 31 of 35 kicks, and connecting on 36-of-39 extra points. Over his last 19 games, including the first three of the 2017 season, Santos has made 89.4 percent of his kicks.

In his four year Chiefs career, Santos made 89-of-105 field goals, connecting on 84.8 percent of his kicks. He was 125-of-130 on his extra points in Kansas City. Santos, who also handles kickoff duties, has a strong, accurate leg from long range, too. He’s 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) in his career from 50 yards and beyond with a long of 54.

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  1. Would rather have seen Tavecchio, but he may not come available until this weekend when/if Matt Bryant returns. Gotta be better than Catanzaro though.

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  2. Kk makes enough sense to me.

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  3. Finally the missing link to the playoff team Licht has been building lol. Seriously, I hope this move works well past this year

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  4. Was thinking they should have signed Santos a few games ago

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  5. the cheerleaders are next on the ‘K’ depth chart.

    good riddance, cataranzo.

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  6. Too little too late Licht. You and koetter are getting fired.

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  7. Thought is would be him. A list I put on the site earlier showed he was the best bet out there. For you to see the other choices I identified:

    A quick short list of kickers available
    The pickings are not great, and Chicago may be looking for a kicker as well. However, the best I see out there used to play for the Bears. His name is Cairo Santos.

    1) CAIRO SANTOS – The 26 year old entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Tulane. He spent four seasons as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs before spending last season with the Chicago Bears. The New York Jets released him this off-season. He has converted 90-0f-107 field goal attempts with a career-long of 54 yards. Santos was let go by the Bears after he suffered an injury last season. This would be the best bet I see out there as he stopped due to injury, not performance. Problem is Chicago probably has the inside track on him if they want him.

    2) BLAIR WALSH – The 28 year old Blair Walsh was a sixth round choice of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with the Vikings before being released and signed by the Seattle Seahawks for the 2017 season. Walsh has encountered his own share of issues in his career. He missed an important playoff kick with Minnesota back in the day. He has converted 154-of-187 field goal attempts. May not be an upgrade from the former Chandler.

    3) NICK NOVAK – The 37-year-old Nick Novak entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in the 2005 NFL Draft. With the exception of a career-long stint with the Los Angeles Chargers, he has never spent more than one season with a team. In his career, he has converted 182-of-222 field goal attempts.

    4) PATRICK MURRAY – Bucs fans know him, and he is still available. He will miss kicks as we know, but he was better than Chandler. The 27-year-old out of Fordham entered the league as an undrafted free agent in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Browns. He was in Cleveland for one season before returning to Tampa Bay. He was not with a team this off-season. He converted 40-of-49 field goal attempts in his career.

    5) KAI FORBATH – The 31 year old Kai Forbath went undrafted out of UCLA during the 2011 NFL Draft. His inaugural season was spent with the Dallas Cowboys. He later spent portions of four seasons with the Washington Redskins. Three seasons were combined with the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. He has made 116-of-135 field goals in his career. He was released by the Vikings earlier this offseason after losing the kicking job to Daniel Carlson.

    6) ROBERTO AGUAYO – There is a reason I put him last. You can guess what it is. I do not recommend the Bucs try to sign him again.

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  8. YEAH another scrub kicking for the Bucs. Can’t wait to watch him miss.

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  9. This move will start a two game winning streak!

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  10. Let’s hope we’re not talking about this guy on Monday’s…..

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