K Cairo Santos signs one-year tender offer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos signed his one-year contract tender, according to the NFL’s transaction report.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) boots a kick from the hold of punter Dustin Colquitt (2) during the team's 19-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 6, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) boots a kick from the hold of punter Dustin Colquitt (2) during the team’s 19-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 6, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

Santos, a restricted free agent, will earn $1.797 million during the upcoming season.

The Chiefs signed Santos as an undrafted free agent in 2014 to a three-year deal worth $1.532 million. As a restricted free agent the Chiefs offered Santos an original round tender offer.

That meant that any team could sign Santos to an offer sheet that the the Chiefs could then match. If another team signed Santos away, however, the Chiefs would not receive any compensation.

According to the NFL transaction report, no other teams submitted an offer sheet to the the third-year kicker.

Santos returns to the Chiefs following the best year of his young career. The 25-year-old kicker connected on a career-best 31 field goals at an 88.6 percent success rate.

The native of Brazil won the league’s special teams player of the month award for November after connected on 11 of 11 field goals including the game winning field goal at Carolina Nov. 13 and at Denver Nov. 27.

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.

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