Saints appear ready to commit to Garrett Hartley

The New Orleans Saints had their doubts about Garrett Hartley over the past two seasons.

Last year, for instance, they deactivated him for two games, using veteran John Carney for two games in October. Now, the club appears ready to commit to him for the long haul. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday night that Hartley has agreed to a five-year contract extension. Other outlets report a deal is imminent.

The bottom line is it appears the Saints are comfortable with Hartley now. He made huge kicks in their run to Super Bowl XLIV, including in the championship game, but he was also replaced at points during that season when he was also suspended for four games for testing positive for a banned substance.

The deadline to get a deal done with Hartley for the immediate future is before 11:59 p.m. Thursday. He likely will not have to look over his shoulder at another kicker for a while.

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