The Saints have re-signed kicker John Kasay to a one-year contract, according to a post at the Times-Picayune. One wonders if this could possibly spell trouble for Garrett Hartley in recovering from an injury which caused him to miss all of last year’s regular season. The Saints had signed Hartley to a multi-year deal prior to the 2011 season, but he sustained a hip injury during a preseason game in Oakland.
Hartley is noted among Saints fans for nailing the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game of 2009. He went on to become the only kicker to have made three field goals from 40 or more yards during a Super Bowl.
But Hartley went on to have an incredibly shaky start to the 2010 season, badly missing several field goals, including a chip shot 27-yarder in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons. The ramifications of that miss were felt all season long as the Saints scrambled to play catch-up against their division rival. Had Hartley made that field goal, the Saints could have possibly sewn up a bye week at the end of the regular season.
Kasay, on the other hand, was solid and reliable throughout his year with the Saints in 2011, making good on all of his field goal attempts under 40 yards. He also set a franchise record in the Big Easy, racking up 147 total points.
At 42 years of age, John Kasay is eighth on the NFL’s all-time scoring list. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Kasay played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers.