Santos has signed his restricted free-agent tender to remain with the Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports. Santos has served as Kansas City's kicker since entering the league three years ago. Last season, the Brazilian converted 31 of his 35 field-goal tries and 36 of his 39 extra-point attempts, tying his career high of 129 total points.
Santos received a one-year tender worth $1.797 million from the Chiefs on Thursday, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. Consequently, the Chiefs will be able to match any offer Santos receives during 2017 free agency. If the kicker is extended no other competing offers, he would be in line to play the coming season on his tendered contract. Santos was sixth among kickers with 129 points in 2016.
Santos made each of his three field-goal attempts and four extra-point attempts in Sunday's game against San Diego. Santos has posted a solid fantasy season among kicker in 2016, converting 31 of his 35 attempts overall. It makes for a second consecutive season in which Santos has made at least 30 field goals and the Brazil native ranked in the top 10 among kickers. He should be a candidate to do so again in 2017.
Santos knocked home two of his three field-goal attempts in Sunday's Week 16 victory over the Broncos, adding three extra points on four attempts in the contest. Santos missed both a 39-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt in Sunday's contest, displaying a bit of shakiness in an otherwise consistent season. He finally had multiple field-goal attempts after multiple weeks of one or fewer. The team will face San Diego in a Week 17 matchup that could feature a fair amount of scoring.
Santos made his only field goal attempted Sunday against the Titans and added to extra points in the contest. Santos has now attempted just one field goal in the last three weeks after attempting 28 in the previous 11 contests. What's more surprising is the team previously faced two defenses (Oakland and Atlanta) that generally allow a lot of points. Perhaps a tough matchup against the Broncos next week will result in more stalled out drives and field goal attempts next week.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New England Patriots||2||5.53|
|3||09/24||@Los Angeles Chargers||32||8.88|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||24||8.00|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||23||8.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||32||8.88|