Report: Saints will sign K Shayne Graham

Dec 17, 6:59 PM

Veteran kicker Shayne Graham will replace Garrett Hartley, who was released by the Saints today.

The 36-year-old Graham started his career with New Orleans, signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2000. 

Last year Graham made 31 of 38 field goals with the Houston Texans, and did not miss a kick under 40-yards. 

FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reports that Graham has been with 14 other teams.

After the reports of Graham's signing hit Twitter, Hartley's former team mate and Saints long snapper, Justin Drescher, tweeted some love for his former kicker. 

Dec 18, 4:20 PM

Saints add K Graham, name LT Armstead starter

Dec 18, 4:20 PM

METAIRIE, La. - Sean Payton says the Saints have signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham and will start rookie Terron Armstead at left tackle in Sunday's pivotal NFC South clash with Carolina.

Payton says the Saints also have signed safety Eric Frampton, who the Saints expect to help on special teams.

Graham replaces Garrett Hartley, who was released on Tuesday afternoon, two days after failing to convert two field goals in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis. Armstead will start in place of Charles Brown, who was benched during the second half of Sunday's game.

Graham is a 12-year veteran who played at Houston last season. Armstead was a third-round draft choice out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Payton says he's eager to see what Armstead can do after being with the club for nine months.

Dec 17, 6:12 PM

Saints release K Garrett Hartley

Dec 17, 6:12 PM

The New Orleans saints have waived kicker Garrett Hartley.

The six-year vet had a roller coaster season with the Saints, making 22 of 30 kicks (73 per cent), including two missed field goals Sunday in a 27-16 loss to the Rams.

Hartley has spent his entire career with the Saints (10-4) with a lifetime record of 82 for 101. He kicked the Saints into Super Bowl XLIV, knocking in three field goals over 40 yards in the franchise's only championship. 

Last Sunday he had a 36-yard field goal blocked and and shanked a 26-yard attempt. He did, however, make a 45-yard attempt in the same game.

Who will handle kicking duties for the remainder of the season is anyone's guess, although the team did work out a number of kickers last month:

After Sunday's loss, Saints coach Sean Payton said they were looking "every element" of the team.

"I told the team in the team meeting we are looking closely at each aspect of this team," Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I just think it’s important for us to do that, whether it’s a tackle position or whether it’s a player on defense. The one thing I know I don’t want to do is repeat the process over and over again.”