Posted by Will Brinson
This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made the curious decision to "get younger" by dumping 41-year-old kicker John Kasay, the only remaining member of the franchise's original roster, and paying 38-year-old Olindo Mare $12 million over four years.
Whatever, they were able to get someone who could kick the ball off and pile up touchbacks under the new rules. But Kasay isn't done with the NFL, and it looks like he could end up in the same division, as Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports that Kasay "is likely to sign a deal" with the New Orleans Saints in the near future.
Kasay's required because Garrett Hartley injured his hip on Sunday against the Raiders; the injury actually led coach Sean Payton to go for two-point conversions repeatedly against Oakland.
This isn't the first time Hartley's had an older kicker come in and try to steal his job -- just last year John Carney was added by the Saints in order to kickstart Hartley's leg after he choked a chip shot against the Falcons.
Things are obviously different now, as Kasay's simply insurance in case Hartley's injury keeps him out for the start of the regular season.
If that does happen, and Hartley's missing come Week 5, things could get kind of awkward for the Panthers when Kasay starts lining up for a 50-yarder to win things in Charlotte.
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