The Arizona Cardinals have signed punter Andy Lee to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Lee’s contract will now run through the 2020 season.
Lee, 35, ranked seventh in the NFL in punting yard average for Arizona last year at 47.3 yards. That was a single-season franchise record.
Against the Houston Texans in Week 11, Lee had six punts inside the 20-yard line, which tied a franchise record.
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.
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The punter spent the bulk of his career, 11 seasons, with the San Francisco 49ers while earning three Pro Bowl selections and being selected first-team All-Pro three times. He spent the next two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers, with an injury leading to an early end to his 2016.
Last season was Lee’s first with the Cardinals but his 14th in the NFL.
It wasn’t a perfect season for the veteran, who ranked 35th in the NFL with a 39.7 net in 2017. However, he provided enough consistency to solidify the position for the Cardinals.
With a lot of turnover in the roster from last season, this is a spot the organization won’t have to worry about for the next couple of years.
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