The Facts: The Panthers brought back one of the bright spots of last season, solidifying another spot in advance of free agency. The team on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal with Gonzalez, securing him before he became an unrestricted free agent next week.
Diehards Line: Gonzalez hit 17 straight field goals to finish last season, before a freak pre-game quad injury at Buffalo sent him to injured reserve. He hit 20-of-22 field goals after joining the Panthers in Week 2 of the regular season. That 90.9 percentage was ninth in the league among qualifying kickers. He also hit 22-of-23 extra points. Gonzalez also became a reliable producer of touchbacks, helping stabilize the coverage game. He won special teams player of the week honors in Week 8 and 10 last season, for a pair of perfect 4-of-4 days against the Falcons and Cardinals. Against the Falcons, he hit a career-high 57-yarder, which was the second-longest field goal in franchise history.