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Cards Reportedly Sign Kicker Jay Feely

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UDPATE: The Cards’ official website confirms that Arizona has agreed to a two-year deal with Feely; Rackers era ends.

The N.J. Star-Ledger, via a source familiar with the situation, reports that free agent kicker Jay Feely has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals.  The financial terms of the deal, like the source, have not been disclosed.  The Cardinals have not officially announced Feely’s signing, but if and when they do it will be reported on this site.

Feely spent the last two seasons with the Jets and had a decent season in 2009, converting 30 of 36 field goal attempts.  The 33-year old, however, missed two kicks in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

If Feely’s signing is for sure, it would almost certainly end Rackers’ 7-year tenure with the Cardinals.  In 2009, among all place kickers (41 players), Rackers ranked 1st in FG percentage made with at least 10 attempts, 11th in number of touchbacks, and tied for 29th in average kickoff distance.  Rackers only missed one FG attempt during the regular season in week 2, which was from over 40 yards; Rackers did not miss an extra point. 

Based on the regular season, therefore, Rackers had an outstanding 2009 campaign.  Statistically, he was the most reliable kicker in the NFL; a sure-fire A season.  Having said that, we must talk about the postseason.  Rackers’ 34-yard miss on a sure game winner significantly damaged his standing with the team and probably soured his entire season.  Finally, Rackers missed time with a groin injury late in the season.  These combined factors may have led the Cardinals in a different direction; apparently they led in Feely’s direction.


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