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October 23, 2014

Kicker uses signing bonus on headphones

by Jared

When you’re an undrafted rookie kicker in the NFL, you should know right off the bat not to expect to be able to go out and buy a Rolls Royce with your first game check. In fact, a bag of rolls may be much more realistic than a $500,000 luxury vehicle. But however small Arizona Cardinals rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro‘s $1,500 signing bonus may seem in comparison to most of his teammates; he’s balling up to par with anyone else on the roster.

Although his salary is listed at $420,000 this season; the rookie minimum, his signing bonus is the only money that was guaranteed. So how would a young man who’d just attained his dream of playing in the NFL celebrate making big boy bucks you ask? The answer: Buy headphones.

“I bought some headphones,” he said. “That was kind of my big gift. That’s kind of the ratio between my signing bonus and some other guys’ — they get a car and I get headphones.”

Headphones may be a small price to pay for a kicker who is currently 15/15 on field goal attempts, so the Arizona Cardinals had better enjoy the cheap production while it lasts. If Catanzaro keeps making kicks as he’s been, they won’t be paying him the league minimum for long.

Maybe then he can really turn up and get himself a nice system to go with those headphones.

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