Report: Cardinals to release K Zane Gonzalez ahead of his free agency
Mar 5, 2021, 12:18 PM | Updated: 5:34 pm
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Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez will reportedly be released Friday, making him a free agent before his current contract officially ends when the new league year begins March 17.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Arizona, in a “procedural move,” will release the kicker and Arizona State Sun Devil product. There’s still a chance the Cardinals re-sign Gonzalez, Garafolo added.
Gonzalez ended the 2020 season on the injured reserve with a back issue.
Last offseason, the Cardinals tendered Gonzalez, a restricted free agent, at the level of a second-round pick, which set his salary at $3.3 million. He missed the final four games of the year due to his back injury and before that went 16-of-22 on field goals.
He was shaky in the 40- to 49-yard range, making 8 of 13 attempts and costing Arizona multiple opportunities to walk away with wins in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Sixteen-year veteran Mike Nugent replaced Gonzalez and knocked in 7 of 8 field goals during the final quarter of the season.
Nugent will also be a free agent this offseason.
In 33 games over three seasons with the Cardinals, Gonzalez has hit 54 of 66 field goals (81.8%) and gone 77-for-80 on extra points.