Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro retires

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The Jets thought they might need a new kicker after Chandler Catanzaro missed two extra points in the preseason opener. Now they know they do.

Catanzaro has retired, the Jets announced this morning.

That’s a surprising decision, but apparently the 28-year-old Catanzarro just feels like he doesn’t have it anymore. He got cut by the Buccaneers after struggling last year, although he later caught on with the Panthers and kicked fairly well.

Catanzaro had a previous stint with the Jets in 2017 and also played for the Cardinals from 2014 to 2016.

To replace Catanzaro, the Jets signed Taylor Bertolet, a kicker who has bounced around the league but never played in a regular-season game. The Jets will likely bring in another kicker for a look at some point before the start of the regular season, as the kicking game has to be a serious concern right now.

13 responses to “Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro retires

  1. Jason Myers who kicked extremely well, not only making PATs and FGs, but also knocking the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs most of the time, should have been resigned. Oh yes, he also made the Pro Bowl. If the Seahawks could afford him, the Jets certainly could have as well.

  2. Well that went south quickly for Chandler. He made the right decision….Chandler’s game was all about kicking over 50 plus FG but he couldn’t hit the short ones or PAT’s.

  3. He always struggled with the Cardinals from what I could remember hell the Pats don’t go 3 and 1 to start the season in 2016 without him missing the kick to end regulation in the opener. Probably thought it was his time wisely so.

  4. Does he have to return the $500K guarantee he was paid?
    Thats a nice retirement gift from former GM Mike Maccagnan.

    He has earned almost $7 million, he should be fine financially.

  5. He’s been accepted to med school and was holding off on it while he played. He’s got a pretty good plan B, which undoubtedly contributed to his decision.

  6. Cairo Santos will be available once he’s cut by the Bucs (they drafted his replacement, Matt Gay). He’s had a solid camp so far and a decent career, so he will be on another team this year. Jets will probably be courting his services.

  7. If it’s TRUE Chandler was accepted to Med school i think it’s pretty awesome he got to play in the NFL and then begin the journey to be a doctor to help people. Very cool and props to him. Good luck Chandler.

  8. another head scratcher by former gm maccagnan was signing this guy after the year myers had.

  9. “Does he have to return the $500K guarantee he was paid?”

    I laughed at that one. You’re funny.

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