The Jets were going to have a tough decision to make on Chandler Catanzaro, but he made it for them.
The struggling kicker retired, the team announced Sunday, and the Jets signed Taylor Bertolet to replace him.
Catanzaro missed two extra points during Thursday’s preseason loss to the Giants, which continued a rough summer for the 28-year-old, who had repeatedly missed kicks in practice.
Bertolet was with the Jets during last year’s training camp. He most recently played for the Salt Lake Stallions of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, making nine of 14 field goals. He joined the Denver Broncos in April but was waived last month.
The Jets — under former general manager Mike Maccagnan — signed Catanzaro after letting Pro Bowler Jason Myers walk in free agency. Myers, 28, ended up signing a four-year, $15 million deal with the Seahawks, with $5.5 million guaranteed, after converting 33 of 36 field goals last season, including six of seven from at least 50 yards.
Catanzaro was the Jets’ kicker in 2017 before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who cut him in November. He spent the last four weeks of the 2018 season with the Carolina Panthers.