Kicker Cairo Santos signed his free agent tender with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is now under contract on a one-year $1.8 million deal. Santos spent the first three seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Restricted FAs to sign today include Chiefs K Cairo Santos, Jets DB Marcus Williams, Steelers DB Ross Cockrell, Panthers G Andrew Norwell.
Cairo Santos Signs Free Agent Tender
Santos has shown promise since the Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane in 2014. The Chiefs took a chance on him as they cut Ryan Succop after five seasons. Santos’ stats prove that he was the better selection making 84.3% of total field goals. Succop might have had the game winning kick in the Tennessee Titans matchup versus the Chiefs. However, the former Chiefs kicker is 82.8% accurate for his field goals.
The NFL isn’t full of many Brazilian born players, with Santos being the only one. Born in Limeiria, Brazil in the state of Sao Paulo, he first heard about American Football when he moved to Florida as a foreign exchange student. Santos discovered that the kicking skills he had developed from soccer worked well when it came to kicking a football. In hopes of landing a college scholarship Santos decided to continue schooling in Florida.
After receiving scholarships to a few schools the Brazilian native decided to go to Tulane. There, he would make the Conference USA All-Freshman team as a kicker. He made the Conference USA team by 13 out of 16 field goals and all but one extra point. In 2012, Santos would make the All-American team and the Lou Groza Award. This award is bestowed to the nation’s outstanding placekicker at the college ranks.
As most kickers are, Santos would go undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Chiefs were in hopes of finding someone to replace Ryan Succop after his fifth season with Kansas City. They found that replacement out of Santos after he beat out Succop for the role. Santos has had quite the highlights since he came to Kansas City out of Tulane. Most notably would be the “banked in” field goal against the Denver Broncos. On November 27th, 2016, the Chiefs were in an overtime game against the Broncos. Santos kicked the game winning field goal that bounced off the left upright and through the back.