(METAIRE, La.) — Kicker Garrett Hartley was cut by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Hartley has spent his entire six-year career with New Orleans. He made the game-winning 40-yard field goal in overtime of the 2010 NFC Championship game. Hartley then proceeded to make three kicks of more than 40 yards in Super Bowl XLIV, helping the Saints win their first title ever.
This season has been a different story. Hartley has connected on only 22-of-30 kicks. He had a stretch earlier in the season where he missed four-of-six kicks, leading head coach Sean Payton to work out five kickers.
Hartley ended up keeping the job and kicking the game-winning field goal during the team’s next game against the 49ers. But Hartley had a kick blocked and missed a 26-yarder in the Saints’ loss to the Rams on Sunday, leading to his release.
According to Fox Sports, the Saints will sign veteran kicker Shayne Graham to replace Hartley. Graham has made 245-of-287 field goal attempts since entering the league in 2001.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com