Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez

Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez receives second-round tender

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By Alexander Mann March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The Arizona Cardinals will keep kicker Zane Gonzalez around for the 2020 season after applying an RFA tender on Monday afternoon.

The Arizona Cardinals made several significant moves on Monday. Placing a tag on Kenyan Drake, and pulling off the shocking trade for DeAndre Hopkins. With all that, there was a move that slipped through the cracks. Arizona placed a second-round tender on their 2019 kicker, Zane Gonzalez. Gonzalez came to the desert in 2018 late in the season after the Cleveland Browns cut him.

Zane Gonzalez played for hometown ASU from 2013-2016. During his time, he claimed the record for the most field goals made in an NCAA career with 96. Gonzalez was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent only 18 games with the Browns before he was ultimately cut. The Cardinals signed him late in the 2018 season and survived a coaching staff change.

He repaid the Arizona Cardinals for their trust in him with a career-best season in 2019 converting 88% of his field goals, going 31/35. He had a rough two-game stretch when Andy Lee went down with an injury and had to get comfortable with a new holder. Three of his four misses came from the 40-49 yard range, but he hit both of his 50+ yarders. Gonzalez currently sits at a career conversion rate of 79.7%.

What does the tag mean for Zane Gonzalez?

Gonzalez was scheduled to become a free agent on Wednesday at 4 PM ET. For Arizona, they placed a second-round tender on him. For Restricted Free Agent players, three tags can be applied. A first, second, or original round tender. With the team placing the second-round tender on Gonzalez, it protects them from a team realistically taking him away. Organizations can speak to him about signing a deal but would be required to give Arizona a second-round pick if the Cardinals decide to let him go.

The second-round tender is projected to cost the Cardinals 3.25 million. It is a curious move, as it seemed unlikely a team would have given up a seventh-round pick for him. But the Cardinals may know more than what we know, so the second was a precautionary measure as they try to lock him to a long term deal.

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