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Drew Butler returns to Arizona Cardinals for at least another year

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The punter re-signs with the team.

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The Arizona Cardinals announced a roster move on Monday, re-signing a player who hasn't been terribly popular in his time with the team. Punter Drew Butler signed a contract and will at least be in the mix for the punting job in 2016. He was due to become a restricted free agent. The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it likely is a one-year deal worth somewhere less than $1 million.

Butler (6-1, 217) punted in 31 regular season games for the Cardinals the past two seasons after joining the team in September of 2014. With the Cardinals, Butler has 139 punts for 5,903 yards (42.5 yard avg.) with 56 punts inside the 20-yard line. His 34 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2014 tied Philadelphia's Donnie Jones for the most in the NFL.

Butler played collegiately at Georgia and was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012 where he punted in all 16 games in his first season. He is the son of former Cardinals (1996-97) and Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler (1985-95).

Butler has not been a popular player with Cardinals fans, but did show improvement over the last half of the season in 2015. He is, though, well-regarded by the coaching staff. Many believe he will face competition in the offseason for the job, but he definitely could be the team's punter again in 2016.