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Saints make deal with Hartley official

Let’s clear up a topic that had been reportedly several different ways over the past few days. Actually, the New Orleans Saints just cleared it up for us.

They sent out a news release saying kicker Garrett Hartley has agreed to a five-year contract extension. There had been reports of that deal earlier, but Hartley’s agent denied Wednesday that anything was done. The Saints also took the precautionary step of placing a restricted free-agent tender on Hartley.

But this settles it once and for all. Even though there might be a lockout in about 12 hours, Hartley has assured he’s the property of the Saints for the next five years.