Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM reports that the Cardinals have interest in Panthers veteran P Andy Lee, who is on the trading block based on reports from earlier in the day.
The Cardinals should have four compensatory picks in next year’s draft, so they have the draft capital to afford to acquire some help.
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Lee is competing with Michael Palardy for the team’s punting job and opened training camp as the favorite. However, it appears as though the Panthers are comfortable enough with Palardy that they’re willing to see what’s available for Lee in the trade market.
Butker has been competing with veteran K Graham Gano this summer.
Lee, 35, is a former sixth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2004. After 11 seasons in San Francisco, he was traded to the Browns and spent a year in Cleveland.
Interestingly enough, the Browns traded Lee to the Panthers for a 2017 seventh-round pick.
Lee still has another two years remaining on his seven-year, $21.6 million contract that included $3.6 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $3.433 million (2017), and $4.134 million (2018) over the next two years.
In 2016, Lee appeared in nine games for the Panthers and totaled 1,533 punt yards on 36 attempts and four touchbacks.