This much we know about the Bucs and their kickers, you don’t want to buy any of their jerseys. The reason? They generally aren’t around long enough for you to wear them to games very much.
For the fifth consecutive season Tampa Bay will start the year with a different kicker (we knew that already), and they have settled on former Jets and Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro.
Fox Sports insider Mike Garafolo confirmed the details on Wednesday night:
K Chandler Catanzaro deal with the Bucs: three years, $9.75 million, $3.75 million guaranteed, source says,
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2018
Catanzaro kicked for New York (above) last season making 25-30 field goals including 2-2 from beyond 50 yards. However, he was a bit inconsistent in between 40-49 yards making just 12-17. He kicked indoors at home in Arizona the previous three seasons and was 22-26 in between 40-49 yards with the Cards.
Speaking of inconsistent, that sums up the Bucs kicking game over the past few seasons, including a year ago. The year began with former second round pick of 2016 Roberto Aguayo, being released after a poor performance in the first preseason game.
That gave the job to veteran Nick Folk, who had been in New York also, but signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay last off season. Folk was then given the job, but last only four games. He did win the Giants game in week three with a last a last second kick. However, four nights later he missed three kicks in a narrow loss to New England, while he and the Bucs were hiding a knee injury. They eventually put him on I.R. and brought in a third kicker in Patrick Murray.
Murray had been the Bucs kicker in 2014, and he originally was solid in 2017, including winning an October game at the Dolphins. However, he missed a couple of critical field goals and an extra point late in the year, too.
Back to Catanzaro, the fact that the Bucs are guaranteeing him over $3 million means he will get some leeway, but not much. That’s especially, if he starts missing kicks early.
The Bucs have also had Rian Lindell, Connor Barth, and Kyle Brindza kick for them over the course of the last five seasons.
If you weren’t counting, that’s six previous kickers before Catanzaro…since 2013.
Again, history says he’s probably not for long, either.
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