Report: Jets sign kicker Chandler Catanzaro
The deal comes after the Jets lost their Pro Bowl kicker of 2018, Jason Myers, to the Seattle Seahawks.
This will actually represent Catanzaro’s second stint in New York, as he also played for the Jets back in 2017. That season, he made 25 of his 30 field-goal attempts and made of his kicks from 50 yards or greater, including a 57-yarder. He also converted on all 29 of his extra points.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Clemson University, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Arizona Cardinals in May 2014.
He went on to win the Cardinals’ starting kicking job that ensuing season, making 29 of his 33 field-goal tries and going 2-of-3 from 50 yards and beyond. In addition, he was perfect on extra points, making all 27.
The following season, Catanzaro drilled 28 of his 31 field-goal attempts but did not make a 50-yarder, going 0-for-2 from that range. He also missed five extra points, going 53-of-58.
Catanzaro then spent one more year with Arizona in 2016 and struggled, making just 21 of his 28 field goals and missing four extra points. He did, however, make a career-long 60-yarder.
The Greenville, S.C. native then made his way to the Jets in 2017, and in 2018, he split the season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, going 16-for-20 on field goals and making all three of his attempts from 50 yards or more, including a 59-yard boot. He went 30-for-35 on extra points.
He was waived by the Buccaneers in mid-November and then signed with the Panthers on Dec. 7.