Ex-Jets K Chandler Catanzaro signs a 1-year deal with Buccaneers

Postado Março 15, 2018

For the sixth year in a row, the Bucs now look to have a different kicker than they did the year before.

Catanzaro had a bounce-back season, converting all 29 of his point-after attempts and making 83.3 percent of his field-goal tries. He's an 84 percent field-goal kicker in his four seasons in the National Football League, with a 60-yarder in 2016 and a 57-yarder last season.

The Bucs continued to load up on run-stuffing defensive linemen Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with Bears free agent Mitch Unrein.

Catanzaro follows in the footsteps of another former Jets kicker, Nick Folk.

One area where he should help the Bucs is on kickoffs - with Murray, Tampa Bay ranked last in the National Football League with just 35 percent of their kickoffs going for touchbacks; the Jets, with Canizaro, ranked 10th, with 62 percent going for touchbacks.

In 2016 with Arizona, Catanzaro made only 75 percent of his field-goal tries and had a meltdown in a Week 7 tie with Seattle, in which he missed a 24-yarder in overtime. It was a one-year deal for $420,000.

Catanzaro is the all-time leading scorer at Clemson with 404 points.