On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced that veteran kicker Jay Feely would be released by the Arizona Cardinals. Shortly after his tweet, Jay Feely confirmed on his own personal Twitter account, that he had been released by Arizona. To some, this comes as no surprise. Feely had been splitting time with rookie Chandler Catanzaro during the offseason, with head coach Bruce Arians set to decide between the two, who would be locked into the position before regular season began. “I think you always have competition, whether you have somebody here or not,” said Feely, per ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss. “You’re always looking around the whole NFL. You’re not just competing against [another kicker] in the locker room, and I’m not just competing for this job. It’s just the reality of kicking in the NFL.”
Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910, reported that Feely’s 2014 cap number sat at $635,000 while Catanzaro’s was at $420,000. The Cardinals decision to go with the younger, cheaper kicker, while releasing the veteran Feely saved them some cash. Feely missed a 48-yard attempt against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and many have speculated that this may have been the final straw that led to his release. Whatever the reason, Feely most likely won’t be out of work very long as there are a few teams, most notably the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, who could use a veteran kicker on their squad. With 13 years under his belt, Feely may be able to fill a void on a roster somewhere. We wish him the best of luck.
The Cardinals also released several other players ahead of the league-mandated roster cut which must trim rosters down to 75. The announced roster moves are below: (via azcardinals.com)
Also, an update on injured DT Darnell Dockett. He had his ACL tear surgically repaired Monday according to coach Bruce Arians. Arians said he would like to have Dockett around the team during the season, and on the sidelines on game day. We wish him a quick recovery and hope to see him back on the field in the future.