According to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, newly signed kicker Jay Feely is feeling great about his new team and surroundings. So great, in fact, that Feely reported to the Cardinals facility in Tempe on Monday of this week (4/5) after signing with the team only six days earlier.
Feely credited his solid work ethic, which he believes is similar to how former Cardinal Neil Rackers approaches things. Feely commented that “Neil and I have the same mentality. We’ve never viewed ourselves as a kicker in that characteristic as far as not being a part of the team. Both of us cover hard on kickoffs, and I know he approached the off-season the same way that I do: to get in there and work as hard as everyone else.”
Feely also noted that he had a few familiar faces to greet him at the Cardinals’ headquarters, which makes the transition that much easier. Joey Porter, Kerry Rhodes, Jason Wright, and Ben Graham are all former teammates that gave Feely a warm welcome. Feely was happy to share that because he’s “played on so many different teams, [he’s] got friends everywhere. That makes the transition easier, obviously. You come into the weight room and get big hugs from guys. You assimilate quickly.”
Feely’s contract with the Cardinals is worth $3.5 million, including a $500,000 roster bonus and a $1 million salary this year. In 2011, he is due to make $1.75 million with a $250,000 bonus for attending off-season workouts. Feely may earn every cent in light of Ken Whisenhunt’s remark that field goals may be even more important this year with possible growing pains from the new offense. Hopefully Feely earns his keep without any offensive growing pains, but Coach Whisenhunt’s point is well taken.