3. Cairo Santos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last season before deciding on Greg Joseph, the Browns held a kicking competition which included names such as Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos. At the time, it felt as though Santos would be the favorite to win the job considering he had ties to general manager John Dorsey.
The two spent time together with the Kansas City Chiefs as Santos was their kicker from 2014 through the first five games of the 2017 season. During that span, the Tulane-product connected on just under 85 percent of his kicks — nailing 89-of-105. He was also good on 125-of-130 extra points, which was a percentage of 96.2.
His best season was in 2016 when the Brazillian kicker drilled 31 of his 35 attempts. Unfortunately, a groin injury then plagued him the following training camp. He recovered and was 12-of-12 on extra points and 3-of-3 on field goals before again hurting himself and being released.
Since then, Santos has played for three teams and was 9-of-12 in 2018 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did hit all 17 of his extra points but the Bucs decided to use a fifth-round pick on Matt Gay out of Utah.
This makes Santos expendable as far as Tampa Bay is concerned which could benefit the Browns. Landing an experienced kicker who is just 27 years old wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. They surely don’t want this promising season undone by faulty kicking and Dorsey knows he can trust Santos to get the job done.