Hartley thanks Saints, fans on way out

METAIRIE, La. – Kicker Garrett Hartley made some gracious parting comments on Twitter on Wednesday night after being released by the New Orleans Saints a day earlier. Hartley spent parts of six seasons with the Saints, beginning in 2008. It was a dramatic but turbulent tenure that included the four biggest field goals in franchise history during the team’s Super Bowl run in 2009.

“I would like to start off by saying I have been blessed with the opportunity that the @Saints & ownership have given me,” Hartley tweeted. “The memories that were made with this team will live in my heart forever! I can't say enough for my teammates and their support. …

“And finally the Who Dat Nation. Y'all's passion for the game and this team are second to none.. It's been an honor to wear the Black & Gold.”