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Monday, August 25, 2008
Feely is a good fit for Kansas City

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Feely

Should we be surprised by the Chiefs' decision to sign kicker Jay Feely Monday to a one-year deal?

I don't think so.

Yes, the Chiefs are committed to a youth movement but they can afford a veteran presence at kicker. Feely, who was cut by Miami earlier this month, is an underrated kicker. The Chiefs are not going to blow out a lot of opponents this season and they could use a reliable kicker. There may be a few games where the kicker could be the difference between winning and losing for Kansas City.

The team was hanging with youngsters Nick Novak and Connor Barth. But Sunday, the Chiefs' brass decided to pursue Feely. It makes perfect sense. He has a history with Kansas City special teams coach Mike Priefer. The two were together with the New York Giants.

Feely may be 32 years old and the Chiefs don't want to add players older than 29. Still, they can afford to stray from that policy for a kicker. This is the right move.