Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham (3) kicks the game winning field goal on the final play of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Saints entered this season with the hope that kicker Garrett Hartley could finally shake off his inconsistent kicking and solidify his spot as the team’s kicker. Hartley no longer has a job add the Saints will have to make the search for a reliable kicker an off-season priority.
Shayne Graham was only signed on for the remainder of the season, so he is set to hit the free agent market come this March. The draft isn’t exactly hyping any great kickers so the Saints will most likely have to turn to the free agency to lock down the position.Graham is certainly an option to go back to but there will be some other kickers the Saints want to try out.
Free Agent Options
Steven Hauschka, who may likely be kicking in the Super Bowl this year would be a perfect pick up for the Saints. He is set to hit the free agent market after the season ends. The 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent which means he will be fielding the best offers from every team in the league. The Saints will need to clear room for him as Spotrac.com predicts he’ll be a cap hit of $620,000 against the cap. He’ll show in the next couple of days how he is worth every penny.
Some cheaper options in free agency include kickers Dan Carpenter, Lawrence Tynes, Dan Bailey, Josh Brown, David Akers, and Billy Cundiff. We saw this season how three points could make a difference in a game. The Saints need to make sure they’ve got the right guy for the crucial kick next year.
Which kicker should the Saints get in the free agency? Are their better options available? Sound off in the comments below or tweet me @Idear_Sports !