Saints cut Hartley, sign Graham
NEW ORLEANS - Coach Sean Payton promised changes following the Saints loss, and a fan favorite was the first to go. The Saints released kicker Garrett Hartley on Tuesday.
Hartley was integral in the team's Super Bowl run. He made the game-winner in OT against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game and added three more in the Super Bowl victory over the Colts.
Hartley has not had the same success this season. On Sunday against the Rams, he hooked one kick wide-right and had another blocked. The kicker has missed eight of twenty-nine attempts within fifty yards and has the third worst field goal percentage in the league.
He made 82 kicks in his six years with the team.
Veteran Shayne Graham was signed to replace Hartley. Graham has played for eight teams in his twelve-year career. He tied his career high with 31 made field goals with the Houston Texans last year.
The Saints also released veteran cornerback Chris Carr. He had sixteen tackles and one interception in eight games with New Orleans this season.