(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed kicker Chandler Catanzaro and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.
Catanzaro (6-3, 200) joins Tampa Bay after spending the 2017 season with the New York Jets. He originally entered the league as a college free agent and spent his first three seasons (2014-16) with the Arizona Cardinals. In his career, Catanzaro has made 103-of-122 field goals attempted (84.4 pct.).
Since entering the league in 2014, Catanzaro has the eighth-most made field goals in the NFL (103) and the seventh-most points (461) during that span. In 2015, he tied a Cardinals record with 53 extra points made and finished third in the NFL with 137 points. In 2017, Catanzaro had a 67.2 touchback percentage on kickoffs, which ranked seventh in the NFL and was the highest by a Jets kicker since 1994, when Stats, Inc. first began tracking touchback percentage.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Catanzaro played collegiately at Clemson, where he was a three-time All-ACC selection and a two-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Unrein (6-4, 301) has played in 95 career regular season games, with 24 starts, totaling 125 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. Unrein comes to Tampa Bay from the Chicago Bears, where he has played since 2015.
After entering the league as a college free agent with the Houston Texans in 2010, Unrein spent time on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster and playing four seasons in Denver (2011-14), including as part of the Broncos’ 2013 AFC Champion team that played in Super Bowl XLVIII. Following his time in Denver, Unrein played two games for the San Diego Chargers in 2015, before being released and signing with the Bears.
A native of Eaton, Colorado, Unrein played collegiately at Wyoming.