One of the craziest stories about the Kansas City Chiefs this season is the kicker situation but since it’s “just a kicker” it doesn’t get much play outside of Kansas City.
The story is this: the Chiefs cut their kicker for the last three-plus years and signed off the Panthers practice squad a kicker named Harrison Butker who is now three field goals away from the franchise record of 22 consecutive field goals made.
It’s just so bizarre to me that the Chiefs were so quick to cut Santos, who has been their kicker since 2014 and been pretty reliable. It also furthers the legend of Dave Toub by signing a guy off the practice squad who has made 19 consecutive field goals.
Surprisingly, Santos is still available. No one has signed him. Not the Bucs and their bad kicker situation and not the Chargers who lost games due to their kicker.
He is getting some action though. The Bears kicked the tires on him, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
Four days following the best game of the season for their kicker Connor Barth, the Bears brought in veteran Cairo Santos for a visit.
Santos took a medical for the Bears on Thursday, a source told the Tribune, but it doesn’t appear the Bears will offer a contract to him at this point.
It sounds like they’re keeping tabs on him in case of an injury, which you do throughout the season at all positions.
I’m surprised Santos is still available and I’m surprised it all worked out so well for the Chiefs.