Jets Kicker Chandler Catanzaro Retires

Ryan Chatelain
August 11, 2019 - 9:59 am
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Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement Sunday morning.

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The move comes three days after Catanzaro missed two extra points in the team's preseason opener against the Giants.

Catanzaro, 28, spent five seasons in the NFL. The Jets' kicker in 2017, Catanzaro returned to New York this offseason after spending last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. He was 16-of-20 on field goals and 25-of-30 on extra points in 2018. With Tampa Bay, he set the NFL record for the longest overtime field goal with a 59-yarder to beat the Cleveland Browns. But he was released less than a month later after missing two field goals in a loss to the Washington Redskins.

Catanzaro spent his first three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. For his career, he was 119-of-142 on field goals (83.8%) and 182-of-196 on extra points (92.9%).

Chandler Catanzaro
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"What a ride," Catanzaro said in an Instagram post. "God has blessed me far more than I deserve. When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream. After five years in the league, it’s time to move on. I can’t say I ever thought I would’ve been a kicker, but I’m thankful that kicking chose me. I thank God for my ability every day, and I’m forever grateful for all the game of football has provided. I’ve been through the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between. I’ve learned so much about myself and about life through the game of football. I have no regrets. I worked my tail off and gave my absolute best every time I stepped onto the field."

The Jets signed kicker Taylor Bertolet to fill Catanzaro's roster spot. The 26-year-old went to training camp with Gang Green last season but lost the kicking battle to Jason Myers, who signed with the Seahawks over the offseason. Bertolet played for the Alliance of American Football's Salt Lake Stallions this past season, going 9-of-14 on field goals with a long of 54 yards.