Four years after he kicked the Saints into Super Bowl XLIV and then nailed three field goals to help them win their only championship, Garrett Hartley is no longer on the team.
The Saints waived Hartley on Tuesday, two days after he had a 36-yard field goal blocked and then missed a 26-yarder wide left in a 27-16 loss to the Rams in St. Louis.
The NFL announced the Saints’ decision with Hartley. The league’s transaction wire didn’t specify who would replace him on the Saints, but Fox Sports 1’s Mike Garofalo reported that the Saints intended to sign free agent kicker Shayne Graham.
Graham was among five kickers who worked out for the team in November.
Hartley made a 45-yard field goal during the Rams game, but he finished the day 22-of-30 on the season, leaving him among the least accurate kickers in the NFL.
Hartley’s two miscues against the Rams were among 11 misses that he had in New Orleans from between 26 and 38 yards, considered short range. He had been a member of the Saints since 2008 and was 82-of-101 in field goal tries in his time with the team.
Despite his baffling penchant for missing chip-shot kicks, Hartley will forever be remembered in New Orleans for hitting a 40-yard field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFC Championship Game at the Superdome. The Saints won 31-28 and advanced to their first-ever NFL title game.
At Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Hartley kicked field goals from 44, 46 and 47 yards to help the Saints topple the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. He thus became the first kicker ever to make three field goals of 40 yards or longer in a Super Bowl.
Saints punter Thomas Morstead logged onto his Twitter account on Tuesday evening and wished Hartley “all the best in his future.”
“His foot helped us win a Superbowl,” Morstead wrote.
In another move, the Saints waived cornerback Chris Carr on Tuesday. It was not immediately known who would fill his spot either.