Saints kick tires on Blair Walsh, Chandler Catanzaro

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Wil Lutz possibly is on notice.

On Friday, the Saints worked out a pair of free-agent kickers: Blair Walsh and Chandler Catanzaro.

Lutz has served as the Saints’ kicker since 2016, making it to the Pro Bowl in 2019. He missed a pair of field goals in a Week 14 loss to the Eagles. He has made 21 of 26 field goals for the season, for a career-low conversion percentage of 80.8 percent. He has made all 54 extra points.

Walsh last kicked in the NFL in 2017, with the Seahawks. He spent time in the 2019 offseason with the Falcons but didn’t win the job.

A Pro Bowler and All-Pro in his rookie season of 2012 with Minnesota, Walsh’s career reached a low point when he shanked a chip shot that would have sent the Vikings to a memorable wild-card win over the Seahawks in the last game played by Minnesota outdoors, as the team’s new stadium was being built. The Vikings cut him during the 2016 season, during what became a full-blown case of the yips.

Catanzaro last kicked in a regular-season game in 2018. He spent offseason time with the Jets and Giants in 2019 and 2020. Catanzaro entered the league as the Arizona kicker in 2014, and he spent three seasons there.

The Saints also worked out long snapper John Denney.

18 responses to “Saints kick tires on Blair Walsh, Chandler Catanzaro

  1. On behalf of all Vikings fans.. I’d like to say please Saints, sign Blair Walsh. You wont be disappointed I swear!

  2. Walsh, he was the guy who scored all the Vikings’ points in that playoff game where the offense failed to score a single point, right?

    A lot of coaches and players benefit from him getting labeled the goat.

  3. This is prep in case a kicker gets covid. they also worked out long snappers. this is what smart teams should be doing

  4. Walsh’s career has been crazy. Start with the Vikes, drilling long range kicks, a clutch guy. Then, misses the game winner in the 2016 wild card vs. Seattle and gets cut, seems like the end of his career. But suddenly, two years later, Seattle, the team that benefitted from his misses, proceeds to sign him in Hauschka’s departure. Seattle goes 9-7 that year, missing the playoffs by one game. They were only 9-7 mainly because Walsh missed two game winners and 3 fg’s in a game where they lost to WAS by 3. And now he has an opportunity to revitalize himself. Crazy.

  5. Lutz pulled his hammy on his non kicking leg in the Eagles game and has been wonky ever since.

  6. Chandler can’t make a pressure kick! Never has never will. He can make a 55 yarder when it don’t matter. He’s had 30 yard kicks multiple times to tie or win a game….he always misses.

  7. The Saints are done if they’re looking to bring in Walsh.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it~

    As a Seahawks fan, I fully support and highly urge them to undertake this mission of tanking! You want zero points? He’s your man!

  8. Dear Saints,

    Should you end up playing against Seattle anytime soon, please feel free to pick up Blair Walsh. ‘Nuff said.

  9. I always thought Blair Walsh would be my favorite Vikings kicker of all time, however Dan Bailey has managed to work his way into that conversation this year.

  10. We were able to make Blair the scapegoat for all our team’s failures during that playoff game.

  11. My favorite team has had much more playoff heartbreak than the Saints (except maybe the past 3 yrs), but if the Saints were to sign Walsh and then lose a playoff game on a shanked FG the irony would be pretty hilarious.

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