CHARLOTTE – With kicker Graham Gano dealing with a left knee injury, the Panthers have acquired an insurance policy.
Carolina signed former Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro in the event Gano, who first showed up on the injury report last Friday, can't go against the Browns on Sunday. Guard Amini Silatolu (knee) was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move.
Tampa Bay released Catanzaro after he missed two kicks in a Week 10 loss against Washington. Catanzaro was the hero for the Bucs a few weeks earlier, hitting a 59-yard field goal to beat the Browns in overtime – the longest overtime field goal in NFL history.
Prior to being released, Catanzaro converted 11-of-15 field goals and 23-of-27 extra points.
The Clemson product spent the first four years of his career with the Cardinals before kicking for the Jets in 2017. He signed a three-year deal with Tampa Bay this past offseason. He has a career field goal percentage of 83.2, hitting 114-of-137 career attempts.