The New Orleans Saints decision to cut kicker Garrett Hartley in Week 16 came as a surprise to Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano.
Hartley, who made the kick that sent the Saints to the Super Bowl four years ago, was waived after he missed two field goals last week in a loss at St. Louis. The Saints face the Panthers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
I was surprised to see they let Garrett go, but you dont know what goes on and hes a good kicker, Gano said. Usually teams stick with the guy and Garrett had a good history with New Orleans.
The Saints signed well-traveled Shayne Graham to replace Hartley. Graham, 36, has kicked for 10 teams over 13 seasons, including the Panthers in 2002 after an injury to John Kasay.
I competed with him in Washington so I know him pretty well, Gano said. To be able to kick this long and for as many seasons as he has, it shows he knows what hes doing.
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