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John Kasay expected to sign with Saints

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We half-joked on Sunday night that the Saints might bring John Carney out of retirement (again) following the injury to kicker Garrett Hartley.

Instead, it appears they’ll sign another longtime NFC South kicker named John.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports that John Kasay is on his way to New Orleans and expects to sign with the Saints. New Orleans hasn’t released any information on the severity of Hartley’s injury, but this clearly isn’t a great sign.

The Panthers decided to roll with Olindo Mare instead of Kasay, who was on the team since 1995.

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22 Responses to “John Kasay expected to sign with Saints”
  1. pilot2011 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:55 AM

    NOOOOOO

    Kasay I swear to God I will personally fund your statue outside of BOA Stadium if you would just go to anyone but another nfc south team!

    Great Kicker, even Greater person.. HOF worthy for real.

    His letter to Panther fans was crushing. What an awesome dude.

    Go get a superbowl, you deserve it.

  2. paulyshore1 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:05 AM

    As a Panther fan this is disappointing.

  3. panthers34 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:10 AM

    Why did we let this guy go???!!!!

  4. willyalistentothis says: Aug 30, 2011 11:13 AM

    When John Kasay started in the NFL, teams kicked off from the 35 yardline.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Aug 30, 2011 11:19 AM

    I can’t think of a better person to step into the role for the Saints while Hartley recovers.

  6. pigskinswag says: Aug 30, 2011 11:26 AM

    As a Saints fan, I love EVERYTHING about this move! Way to stick it to the Kittens! Enjoy last place!

    WHO DAT!

  7. willyalistentothis says: Aug 30, 2011 11:35 AM

    I always wanted to tell this story: I saw Kasay work out for an NFL scout in the Spring of 1991. His ballboy for the workout was U of Hawaii kicker Jason Elam.

  8. beastson says: Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM

    We stole Saints’ HOF LB whose statue forever stands outside of BOA stadium. Saints stole our over the hill kicker. A kicker. We’re talking about a kicker here. LOL

  9. pilot2011 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM

    With the kickoffs 5 yards closer, New Orleans can afford to just keep Kasay as the only kicker… It could work out perfectly if the Saints have good special teams players (I’m not real sure how they are against kickoffs)

    But, Kasay has enough leg to kick it to the goal line, so even though Saints won’t have many touchbacks, they could pin the offense behind the 20… just my opinion.

  10. beastson says: Aug 30, 2011 11:50 AM

    pilot2011 says:
    Aug 30, 2011 10:55 AM

    Go get a superbowl, you deserve it.

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    What part of John Kasay expected to sign with Saints did you miss?

  11. pigskinswag says: Aug 30, 2011 11:56 AM

    We stole Saints’ HOF LB whose statue forever stands outside of BOA stadium. Saints stole our over the hill kicker. A kicker. We’re talking about a kicker here. LOL
    ___________________________________

    I didn’t know that RICKEY JACKSON signed with the Panthers, because thats the only Saints linebacker thats in the Hall of Fame. The late Sam Mills is not in the Hall of Fame. *Fact Check*

  12. deegizzle says: Aug 30, 2011 12:06 PM

    pilot2011 says:Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM

    With the kickoffs 5 yards closer, New Orleans can afford to just keep Kasay as the only kicker… It could work out perfectly if the Saints have good special teams players (I’m not real sure how they are against kickoffs)

    But, Kasay has enough leg to kick it to the goal line, so even though Saints won’t have many touchbacks, they could pin the offense behind the 20… just my opinion.
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    The Saints use their punter, Thomas Morestead, to handle kickoffs.

    Kasay would be strictly a field goal guy in New Orleans…A perfect fit considering the circumstances.

  13. nomad57 says: Aug 30, 2011 12:16 PM

    FYI-Punter Thomas Morstead will probably handle the kick-offs as he has in the past.

  14. willysantos says: Aug 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Why are people so excited about a kicker? Your would think it was Vinatieri or something.

  15. trbowman says: Aug 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    Why didn’t the Panthers re-sign him? Made 86% of his field goals last year.

    I’m surprised it is someone other than John Carney

  16. goawayeverybody says: Aug 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    Btw, Kasay completed 86% of his field goal tries last season. Very, very good season. There was no justification in the Panthers letting him go, but their release is our gain. Kasay is tied for second in all time field goals in the 50+ range.

  17. fwippel says: Aug 30, 2011 12:50 PM

    The Panthers are going to regret letting Kasay get away. Nothing against Mare, but Kasay was money in the clutch.

  18. newtonscarpanthers says: Aug 30, 2011 1:02 PM

    John broke my heart in that Cleveland game with that final field goal miss. Too bad he went to the Saints. Great guy. Team will love him.

  19. ourbaskets says: Aug 30, 2011 1:36 PM

    Look – Mare can kick off and he can kick field goals too…for ONE roster spot. His numbers were only an itty bitty bit less than Kasay. Sad to say but I can understand that move.

    Go get em Kasay – you deserve every bit of your success.

  20. redstar504 says: Aug 30, 2011 1:53 PM

    beastson says:
    Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM
    We stole Saints’ HOF LB whose statue forever stands outside of BOA stadium. Saints stole our over the hill kicker. A kicker. We’re talking about a kicker here. LOL

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    You got us on that one I would take a Sam Mills any day over a John Kasey, by the way last time we won at BOA it was pretty funny how a Saints fan put a Saints Jersey on the statue. I wish I could post pictures here because I would.

    Sam Mills is not in the hall of fame yet and it is pretty pathetic that he isn’t. I am sure “Mighty Mouse” will get in there one day. He was one of the best middle LB’s in the history of the game and an even better human being. It is so sad that he is not alive anymore. He would have become a great coach had he gotten the chance. He was so bright and such a student of the game.

    RIP Sam Mills.

  21. madenatewell says: Aug 30, 2011 1:54 PM

    As a panthers fan, I will be pissed to see him twice a year. Hope by some grace of god, he’s just not consistent this year.

  22. pantherfan95 says: Aug 30, 2011 3:32 PM

    Does say expected but if they bring him in for a look they’ll sign him. Wish him all the best except for 2 games. Kicking from the 35 will get him right @ the goal line and field goals are almost automatic.

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