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Feely finds a home
Posted Aug. 25 at 08:12 AM
As of this morning, Jay Feely was the best free-agent kicker on the market.
Not anymore. Kansas City has announced on its website that it’s signed the former Falcon, Giant and Dolphin to a one-year contract.
It wasn’t surprising when Miami opted to go with youngster Dan Carpenter in camp. He’s younger and cheaper, and he’s been terrific in camp. And the Dolphins, coming off a 1-15 season, have nothing to lose.
But it was a mild surprise that the Dolphins didn’t hang onto Feely longer, and it was shocking that he sat out on the market so long. He has a strong leg, and he’s been the league’s 6th-most accurate kicker over the last two years, converting 44 of 50 attempts. He went 21 of 23 last year, with his misses from 47 and 48 yards.
Leg strength isn’t a problem; he’s gone 4 of 7 from 50-plus yards over the last three years.
The signing completes a roundabout trade with the Giants. New York cut Feely in 2006 and signed Lawrence Tynes, who had been released by Kansas City. Now that Miami has cut Feely, he’s going to Arrowhead to replace Tynes.
Unless you’re a Michael Murillo-type guy who believes that bad teams in the state of Missouri tend to generate lots of field goals (see column from Aug. 20), then Feely has essentially no fantasy value. Kansas City appears to be the worst team in the AFC, and Feely also will have to contend with lesser conditions for a kicker.
The official team release appears at www.kcchiefs.com.
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