One of the offseason questions about the Arizona Cardinals 2014 roster was just answered this afternoon. Kicker Jay Feely signed a new contract with the Cards. Terms of the deal were not released.
Feely, who went 37-37 in extra points and 30-36 in field goals made in 2013, signs a contract that should eliminate any questions as to if the Cards plan to pursue any kickers in free agency. It doesn’t mean they won’t bring in competition for him this summer but it means the Cards won’t be actively looking to replace him either.
Personally I’m glad this got done now. The Cards don’t have to worry about this position when there are so many other more important to deal with in this offseason. Feely had 33 of his 86 kickoffs in 2013 end up as touchbacks.
While it would have been fun to see a guy like Steven Hauschka come to Arizona, this gives the Cards stability and familiarity in the kicking game. Feely can still boot it when he wants. His longest successful kick in 2013 was from 52 yards. He hit a 61-yard field goal in 2012.
Feely is one of the more personable and public players on the team. He is good for the community, so I’m happy he is returning.