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Report: John Kasay joining Saints

John Kasay, who was released by the Carolina Panthers just before training camp, appears to be headed for another NFC South destination.

Scott Fowler reports the kicker is close to signing with New Orleans. Garrett Hartley is the Saints’ kicker, but he injured his hip in Sunday’s preseason game with Oakland. The severity of Hartley’s injury isn’t clear, but the Saints must expect him to miss some time if they’re bringing in Kasay.

At 41, Kasay had been the last member of the 1995 expansion Panthers with the team. But Carolina elected to let Kasay go and bring in Olindo Mare. The rationale was that Mare had a stronger leg and could handle kickoffs, something Kasay hadn’t done in recent years.

That shouldn’t be an issue in New Orleans, where punter Thomas Morstead serves as the kickoff specialist. Kasay remains a reliable field goal kicker. He connected on 86.2 percent of his attempts last season.