Just for Kicks: Does John Carney Signing Fix New Orleans Saints’ Field Goal Woes?

September 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The agent for kicker John Carney, Jack Mills, announced on Tuesday that the New Orleans Saints have re-signed their former kicker.
So what now?
This raises more questions than it does answer them.
What role will Carney play?
Is he the full-time kicker or will the 46-year old handle shorter kicks (say from 29 and 32 yards away) and cede the longer kicks to Garrett Hartley?
If Carney is the full-time kicker, then does Hartley still have a roster spot or will Sean Payton cut a third-stringer to make room for two kickers?
My guess is that the Saints will keep Hartley and cut either linebacker Anthony Waters, whose played in just one game this season, or fullback Marcus Mailei, whose been inactive all year.
Maybe Hartley still keeps his job and Carney is there as a "kicking consultant."
You may recall that Carney, who previously played six seasons with the Saints, was re-signed by the team last year, after Hartley was suspended four games for testing ...

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