The New Orleans Saints cut 42 year old veteran kicker John Kasay today making Garrett Hartley the starting kicker for the Saints. Kasay has played 20 NFL seasons as last year filled in for the injured Hartley as the Saints starting kicker.
Last season Kasay set a franchise record with 147 points. Despite his great experience and play, the Saints decided to not retain him, going instead with the younger Hartley.
Hartley is 17 years younger than Kasay and has four more years on his contract. Furthermore, now that Hartley has proven he can stay healthy it was an easy choice for the Saints to keep him over Kasay.
Hartley took most of the kicks during the preseason and that was a sign that he would be the Saints’ starting kicker. The Saints have now trimmed their roster down to the final 53, and it did not make sense to keep two kickers.
Kasay is one of the best kickers in NFL history and if he decides that he still wants to play I am sure some team will pick him up. For the Saints, Hartley is the future and I know he will see a lot of action with field goals and extra points, as quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints’ potent offense will likely rack up many touchdowns this season.
For his career, Hartley has made 42 of his 49 field goal attempts with a connection percentage of .857. As the Saints have now solidified their roster they are showing no signs of being distracted.
The Saints are focused and ready for the start of the regular season and I would say that they could prove to be one the most dangerous teams in the NFL.
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