When the Cardinals signed veteran Andy Lee right before the regular season was to begin last year, the hope was that he could finally settle down what had become an inconsistent position for the team.
Not only did Lee provide consistency, but he also provided an average of 47.3 yards a punt, breaking the franchise record of 47.0 set by Ben Graham in 2009.
In return, the Cardinals delivered to Lee a two-year contract extension Thursday, a deal Lee – who was already under contract through 2018 -- signed right after the final minicamp practice before departing for the summer. Lee’s deal now runs through 2020.
Lee’s net average of 39.7 yards a punt last season on his 88 kicks was the team’s best since Dave Zastudil had a 40.1 net in 2013.
Lee, who will turn 36 in August after coming into the league in 2004, has averaged 46.4 yards a punt in his career with a career net of 39.7. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the 49ers, before spending a season each with the Browns and Panthers prior to signing with the Cardinals. He also serves as the holder on field goals and extra points.