Cards bring back punter Zastudil

Posted by Darren Urban on April 4, 2012 – 11:25 am

In what really isn’t a surprise, the Cardinals and veteran punter Dave Zastudil agreed to terms on a new two-year contract Wednesday. That gets all three veteran free agent special teamers under contract — kicker Jay Feely and long snapper Mike Leach already had returned — and is a nod to the generally solid job Zastudil did last season, his first with the team. Zastudil averaged 45.2 yards a punt last season (netting 37.5 yards) on 87 boots. Zastudil battled a sore knee a chunk of the season — he had been out all of 2010 after knee surgery — but hopefully he will have recovered. It will be interesting to see if the Cards choose to bring into camp any punting competition.

The Cardinals have also had quarterback Rich Bartel sign his exclusive rights tender offer and running back Alfonso Smith will do the same today.

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23 Responses to “Cards bring back punter Zastudil”

  1. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    guess that was the $ set aside for Bell…ha ha, maybe there will be some news on the resigning of V. Holliday if there is money laying around and no plans on any other expensive free agent signings…

    I see the Cards draft play out like this (if they don’t move spots)
    1st round-OLB
    3rd round- OT
    4th round -DL
    5th round G
    6th round–WR and a special team player

  2. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Is it safe to assume Darren that the Peyton M money set aside for him didn’t make it your way? I wonder where that money went….

  3. By Rich on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    roster is rounding out nicely. a few holes remaining……..should be a fun draft.

  4. By kerouac9 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    I know that there are some things that you have to say, but Dave Zastudil was one of the worst punters in the NFL last year, and absolutely awful at the end of the year.

    18th in the NFL in punt average. 29th in the NFL in net average(!!!). According to FootballOutsiders, the Cards punting game overall was below average.

    Hopefully the Cards bring in some legit competition.

  5. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Kerouac9 —

    RE: Punting

    He obviously had some bad punts — one came in a late-season game (can’t remember which) when his knee basically gave out during a kick. And how much goes toward punt coverage?

  6. By Bill on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    1st round – Best available WR or OLB
    3rd round – Offensive Tackle
    4th round – OLB or WR (opposite of round 1)
    5th round – Offensive Tackle
    6th round – Noseguard and DB depth
    7th round – RB

  7. By louis on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    they need help in everything to save coach wisenhunt job .

  8. By Mr.Ramirez on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Cardinals doing a great job filling the holes in free agency.

    I say draft wil play out like this.

    1st – OT or WR (or Melvin Ingram if still available)
    3rd – OLB or OT (If OT isn’t first pick)
    4th – WR or D-linemen
    5th – OT
    6th – LB or Safety (no Safety if James Sanders signs)
    7th-Running Back or Wide receiver

  9. By Eazy E on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    I think your confusing us with the Buccaneers or Bears or Patriots.

  10. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    If the Cards could make room for Peyton Manning, then they could have made room for a 27 yr old good Off Tackle this free agency. If they would have signed Eric W and resigned L. Brown, they would not had have to worry about Off tackles on this team for the next 5 yrs.

    His deal:
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Search a NFL player, team, position…
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Eric Winston
    Drafted:Round 3 (#66 overall), 2006College: Miami (FL)Current Salary Information
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $22,000,000 Signing Bonus $8,400,000 Average Salary $5,500,000 End Year: 2015 Free Agent: 2016
    Base Salary S. Bonus Misc. Bonus Cap Hit
    2012 4,900,000 2,100,000 – 7,000,000
    2013 3,900,000 2,100,000 – 6,000,000
    2014 3,900,000 2,100,000 – 6,000,000
    2015 3,900,000 2,100,000 – 6,000,000

    restructure of Larry F and getting a deal done with C. Campbell would have created enough cap space

  11. By cobra on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    As of now, the team had no choice but to resign Z. These days, a College non drafted kicker could perform just as well. We need to wait and see who the cards bring in for competition. Maybe someone we have never heard of.

  12. By NJAzCardsFan on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren- Are Holiday and Haggans on the radar to return???

  13. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Holliday/Haggans

    I think the Cards would like them both back, yes.

  14. By Corgon on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I really like M. Floyd. He’s not even in the NFL, but already gave the cards some good options (I think) It has a really high possibility that he’ll be available at 13 and as he performed at the pro day, maybe someone will be so stupid as the Falcons was last year and trade up for him with sweet conditions. And if not, then we’ll make him with a good deal.
    The first two ranked OT will be gone at 13 that’s sure, i think the best OLB, ILB, G, RB, CB as well.
    Drafting the 3rd best OT with the 13 pick because we need sounds like crap and we don’t need rookie TE, CB, S, DT, DE that high.
    So if Floyd will be available the I think we’ll get him because Floyd and a LB in the 3rd round is better than a LB in the first and a 5th-8th ranked WR in a later round.
    My visions:
    1st round – M. Floyd
    3rd round – best OLB / OT
    4th round – Opposite of the 3rd round
    5th round – ILB (am I the only one who think we have a need in this position?)
    6th round – OT/OG
    6th round – BPA maybe a safety
    7th round – BPA maybe a safety

    But of course there will be trades and everything so this whole thing is a crap 🙂


    do you think the cards will try to get a 2nd round pick by trading “up”, involving the trade a 2013 3rd rounder and some later round/s from 2012?

  15. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Corgon —

    RE: Second round

    The only way I see them getting a second rounder is trading down in the first.

  16. By az1965 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I was really hoping for an upgrade at punter position. Zustadil really sucked especially in some key situations.

  17. By Brad on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Have to agree with KEROUAC9, Zastudil was not good, no surprise to see Graham end the year with a better Net Average and a higher average of punts inside the 20 per punt. Zastudil seems to just punt straight down the centre, makes it very difficult for our coverage, I don’t see the advantage in punting it long and deep down the centre with no hang-time, it just opens it up for a big punt return…durability is a concern as well, I’m pretty sure punters need knees to punt, will give him a chance though, lets see if he can improve this season hopefully with a better knee…

  18. By Cactus jeff on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply


    How far would the cards have to trade down to get a second rd draft pick?

  19. By Darren Urban on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Cactus Jeff –

    RE: getting a second rounder

    Well, it’s up to the teams involved but at 13, but I would think you’d have to drop in the 20s.

  20. By Barry Bond on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Word going around NFL network Arizona will pick WR Michael Floyd with the 13th pick and pick up an OT in 3rd round? Fitzgerald & Floyd in a 3 receiver set, WOW!

  21. By JohnfromOz on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    So the Cardinals keep a dodgy – kneed punter? I said last year it was mistake to give Ben Graham the flick, and that it was a bad coaching decision. I stick by that. Graham is one of the better punters in the NFL. Stats don’t always give the full picture. You need to look at leadership, football intelligence, and the ability to learn. Ben has all of these.

  22. By William Barry on Apr 9, 2012 | Reply


    WR Michael Floyd would be a great 13th round pick, to team up with Larry Fitzgerald….Let’s not forget, I think Adam Snyder is a great pickup, he has size and intelligence to help our O-Line, and he is from our division rival, the hated SF Niners…and he has that tenacity to mold into our O-line…just what we need…We just need a few more pieces….GO CARDS!!!!!!

  23. By Debi on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Please get him to wear some underwear with his White pants or line those pants with alot more fabric. We sat behind him 3rd row this week against Miami and whenever he bent over to stretch which seemed to be often, not only did we clearly see the outline of his jock, but the entire crowd saw WAAAAAYYY too much of him in his rear and lower region. We don’t want to see all of his business…. Just great football – not nudity!

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