Santos signed with the Buccaneers on Monday and hadn’t even suited up in his first game yet, but he has a chance to stick around with the organization if he can perform well this season.
Tampa Bay has searched far and wide for a reliable placekicker. Since 2009, Tampa Bay trotted 10 different kickers out onto the field, the most in the league.
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They paid big money to former Jets and Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, but he struggled throughout his first season. The Bucs released him after nine games.
Santos now enters the fold with a chance to become a long-term solution for the Buccaneers. He had great success with the Kansas City Chiefs to start his career, but an injury-riddled 2017 campaign left him searching for a new team.
He didn’t win a job with the New York Jets out of training camp. Santos then filled in for an injured Greg Zuerlein for two games. Now with the Buccaneers, he could find a permanent home if he can perform.
Santos doesn’t have a massive leg, but he is automatic inside of 40 yards. At this point, Tampa Bay fans are more than happy to live with that for the time being.