ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona Cardinals sign kicker Matt Prater to 2-year deal

Mar 17, 2021, 4:25 PM | Updated: 4:25 pm

Matt Prater #5 of the Detroit Lions kicks a 56-yard FG in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay ...

Matt Prater #5 of the Detroit Lions kicks a 56-yard FG in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran kicker Matt Prater to a two-year contract, the franchise announced Wednesday.

Prater, 36, made 21 of his 28 field goal attempts for the Detroit Lions, where he had previously been since 2014. All seven of those misses came from 40 yards and beyond, as Prater has not converted from inside 40 yards only twice in the past five years. He was 38-of-41 on extra points last season and 35-of-36 in 2019.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Prater has made 83% of his 386 career field goal attempts. Prater is known for being one of the best power legs of all time, holding the record for the NFL’s longest field goal at 64 yards and his 59 career makes from 50 yards or beyond is the most ever.

Prater will replace last year’s kicker and former Arizona State Sun Devil Zane Gonzalez. The Cardinals released Gonzalez in early March. He missed the final four games of the year due to a back injury and before that went 16-of-22 on field goals.

Gonzalez 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.

Arizona Cardinals

Budda Baker during Week 12 practice...

Arizona Sports

Budda Baker ranked as top 10 safety in ESPN rankings

An ESPN poll of NFL executives, scouts and coaches had the Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker ranked as a top-10 safety.

4 hours ago

Bilal Nichols looks on...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Bilal Nichols paying it forward with 3rd annual youth football camp

Growing up with two monumental role models in his grandparents, Bilal Nichols is hoping he can be the same to those in his hometown.

7 hours ago

Kyler Murray smiles...

Tyler Drake

49ers turned to Cardinals fans in Arizona’s win vs. Eagles: ‘Get ’em, Kyler Murray!’

The San Francisco 49ers had a major rooting interest in the Arizona Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

2 days ago

Trey McBride runs the rock...

Tyler Drake

Trey McBride outside of top 10 tight ends in ESPN ranking

An ESPN poll of NFL executives, scouts and coaches had the Arizona Cardinals' Trey McBride outside of the top-10 tight ends.

2 days ago

Budda Baker runs through drills during practice...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals Corner podcast: Diving into the offseason mailbag

Should Budda Baker get extended? Cardinals Corner's Tyler Drake and guest host Kevin Zimmerman answer that and more in an offseason mailbag.

3 days ago

Dennis Gardeck runs out of the tunnel...

Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals’ Dennis Gardeck is all about the dad life: ‘It’s slept on’

There's just something about being a dad. Just ask Arizona Cardinals pass rusher and first-time father Dennis Gardeck.

3 days ago

Arizona Cardinals sign kicker Matt Prater to 2-year deal