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Zane Gonzalez Signs Restricted Free Agent Tender Offer

Kicker coming off 127-point season has a one-year deal

Kicker Zane Gonzalez scored 127 points and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2019.
Kicker Zane Gonzalez scored 127 points and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2019.

The Cardinals extended three tender offers at the outset of free agency, and now all three have been signed.

Restricted free agent kicker Zane Gonzalez has inked his one-year contract, it was announced Thursday, joining transition-tagged running back Kenyan Drake and exclusive rights free agent tackle Justin Murray.

Gonzalez's signing was a foregone conclusion, after the deadline for RFAs to field offers from other teams passed last week. NFL Network reported that no restricted free agents in the NFL received an offer from another team. Gonzalez had the option to seek other free-agent offers, with the Cardinals having the opportunity to match.

Gonzalez had been tendered at the second-round level, giving him a salary of $3.26 million this season. He could still in theory agree to a long-term deal. If not, he'll be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Gonzalez had 127 points last season, converting 31-of-35 field goals and 34-of-35 extra points in the best year of his brief career. A seventh-round pick out of Arizona State by the Browns in 2017, Gonzalez battled injury issues before being released by Cleveland and then signed by the Cardinals in 2018 after injuries to Phil Dawson.

Gonzalez was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in October last season, and at one point he made 22 straight field goals in a year when field-goal accuracy dropped across the NFL.

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