PK Garrett Hartley, who drilled the game-winning field goal in the 2009 NFC championship game, has signed a five-year contract extension with the Saints. Financial terms have not been announced.
In 27 games with the team over the past three seasons, Hartley has made 42-of-49 field-goal attempts, which is an 85.7 percent clip. He also has made 98.7 percent of his point-after tries. In New Orleans' Super Bowl XLIV win over the Colts, the kicker made three field goals of more than 40 yards, a Super Bowl record.
Thursday is the final day teams can negotiate contracts with players until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached.
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Hartley struggled early in the 2010 season, missing three of his first seven FG attempts, which led to him being deactivated for a pair of games. He picked it up after that, however, and apparently has regained the trust of head coach Sean Payton. Talented, young kickers are important to lock up to long-term contracts, since teams are always in the market for those types of players.