John Carney coming back to kick for the New Orleans Saints…


Unhappy with Garrett Hartley’s recent performance, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with 46-year-old kicker John Carney, his agent confirmed Tuesday.

Jack Mills said Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that his client would sign a contract with his former team. Financial terms weren’t released, but the one-year deal is believed to be for the veteran’s minimum, according to The Times-Picayune.

How the signing will affect Hartley’s status is uncertain. The Saints haven’t announced who would be waived to create a roster spot for Carney, and the team carried both kickers on its roster last season.

Carney, the third-leading scorer in NFL history, will be in his third stint with the Saints. He was with the team from 2001 to ‘06, making 150 of 180 field-goal attempts (5 of 9 from 50-plus yards), and he returned to the team last season when Hartley was suspended for the first four games after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Carney worked out for the Saints on Tuesday after Hartley, who has made just four of seven field-goal tries in New Orleans’ first three games this season, missed a 29-yard attempt in overtime of the Saints’ 27-24 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons.

Carney, who also has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants during a 22-year NFL career, was the Saints’ No. 1 kicker the first 11 weeks of last season, making 13 of 17 field-goal tries. Hartley took over for the final five regular-season games and the playoff run to the Saints’ first Super Bowl title.

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