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Cardinals, Dave Zastudil agree to two-year deal

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The Cardinals won’t have to find a new punter this offseason.

The team announced Tuesday that they have reached agreement on a two-year deal with punter Dave Zastudil that will keep Zastudil from hitting the open market when free agency opens in March. Zastudil averaged 45.7 yards per kick and had a net average of 40.1 yards in 2013 while tying for the league lead with 35 punts inside the 20-yard line. The gross and net numbers were down slightly from 2012, when Zastudil had another strong season booting the ball for the Cardinals.

Zastudil has the highest punting average in franchise history and said Tuesday that he had no interest in taking his talents elsewhere as a free agent.

“I know the nature of this business and free agency,” Zastudil said, via the team’s website. “I always wanted to be back and I made that known. When the Cardinals had a chance to re-sign free agents, I was hoping it’d be me. It’s been a great second home for me and I really wanted to come back and play there.”

With Zastudil re-signed, running back Rashard Mendenhall, tackle Eric Winston, wide receiver Andre Roberts, linebacker Karlos Dansby, safety Yeremiah Bell and kicker Jay Feely are the biggest impending free agents on the Arizona roster.

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7 Responses to “Cardinals, Dave Zastudil agree to two-year deal”
  1. irootforthecardinals says: Jan 21, 2014 4:11 PM

    Aside from Dansby, this was our most important FA.

  2. dioalice says: Jan 21, 2014 4:15 PM

    Solid punter. Now, resign Dansby…

  3. azjam says: Jan 21, 2014 4:22 PM

    Glad to have him back.

  4. bassplucker says: Jan 21, 2014 4:38 PM

    Smart guy. Realizes hes got a good gig with a decent team and great playing conditions virtually guaranteed at least 9 or 10 games a year. And living in AZ Sept thru Dec doesn’t exactly stink either. No sense throwing that all away for a few more shekels.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2014 5:09 PM

    Now Dave will be able to buy food for the chickens and maybe get a rebuilt engine put in the John Deere.

  6. bandzz says: Jan 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    As a ravens fan, I remember a LONG time ago when he and Matt Stover were having gr8 success in Baltimore, and how he had to serve as our kicker ( along with backup qb Kordell Stewart) when Stover was hurt lol. Glad to see him still having solid success!

  7. fordmandalay says: Jan 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    Dream Team!!

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