Saints cut Carney loose

With Garrett Hartley both reinstated and back to his week-in, week-out kicking function, the Saints no longer need to carry kicker John Carney on the roster.

And so they aren’t.

The team has announced that Carney has been cut, along with cornerback Marcus McCauley.

They were replaced by fullback Kyle Eckel and safety Heranza Daze-Jones.

Carney, a 22-year veteran, has kicked for the Bucs, Rams, Chargers, Saints, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Giants.  He served as the kicker in New Orleans from 2001 through 2006 before returning in 2009.

He kicked in nine games this season, making 13 of 17 field goal attempts and 50 of 52 extra-point tries.