After missing what at the NFL level is considered a chip shot field goal Sunday in OT vs the Falcons, the Saints moved quickly to ink a kicker today, as reports are coming in that the team has signed 46-year old John Carney, who has been with the team on and off in the past.
The Saints have signed 46-year-old kicker John Carney to a one-year contract, a league source said Tuesday afternoon. Financial terms were not released, but it is believed to be for the veteran’s minimum. Kicker Garrett Hartley’s status with the team is unknown, but the team carried both kickers for much of the 2009 season. Carney was signed after Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime that would have given the Saints a win in their 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. On the season, Hartley is just 4-for-7 on field goal attempts.
Sean Payton has a soft spot for Hartley, as he was the kicker that got the Saints to the Super Bowl with a clutch kick in OT for the win over Minnesota, and he also had three field goals in the Super Bowl win over the Colts. Carney has helped Hartley in the past, and you have to wonder how long he will be with the Saints if Hartley can regain his confidence.