Punting, which became a subject of scrutiny all through the 2016 season for the Cardinals, will remain so as the offseason begins for the team.
The Cardinals signed former Canadian Football League punter Richie Leone Thursday to a "future" contract, and he will compete with incumbent
The Cardinals also signed veteran wide receiver
Leone, a University of Houston product, kicked and punted for the BC Lions the past two years. He led the CFL in punting last season with a 49.3-yard average. He averaged 49.5 yards his first CFL season, with a net of 40.9 yards. Leone has spent time with the Ravens and Steelers.
In three games with the Cardinals, Wile averaged 43.7 yards per punt.
The Cards started the season with Butler as punter. When he was hurt early in the season, he was replaced by Ryan Quigley, and then later brought back. Both Butler and Quigley struggled with consistency. Wile punted against the Cardinals for the Falcons as a one-game fill-in, impressing them enough to sign him late in the season.
“Hopefully I’ll be here a long time,” Wile said the day after the season.
He’ll have to battle Leone now. One of the reasons Butler was kept for so long was his ability to hold for kicker
Catanzaro is a restricted free-agent-to-be and it is possible the Cardinals bring in a kicker to compete with Catanzaro, who is expected to return.
Dobson has 53 career receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns in 24 games. He'll join a receiving corps that aside from