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Monday, August 25, 2014
Cardinals release Jay Feely

By Josh Weinfuss
ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran kicker Jay Feely was among 13 cuts made by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday morning.

Feely addressed his release on Twitter.

It's been an honor to play for the @AZCardinals Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!

- Jay Feely (@jayfeely) August 25, 2014

Throughout offseason workouts and training camp, the 38-year-old was engulfed in a kicking competition, which he ultimately lost, with rookie Chandler Catanzaro. Feely struggled with his hang time and distance on kickoffs last season and into this year's camp, but missing a 48-yard field goal Sunday night against the Bengals likely sealed his fate.

"They were both about the same field goal wise," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. "The kickoffs obviously were a huge difference, although Jay had really improved his. I just liked the strength of [Catanzaro's] leg for a young guy. Has a very good demeanor about him."

Feely was released after four seasons during which he made 85.2 percent of his field goal attempts for the Cardinals. Six of his 98 field goals as a Cardinal were game winners, including two in 2013. Feely made 30 of 36 kicks in 2013 but missed two in the season finale against San Francisco, which Arizona lost by a field goal.

Chandler Catanzaro
Rookie Chandler Catanzaro has won the competition for the Cardinals' kicking job.

He has made 82.7 percent of his kicks in his 13-year career. Since entering the league in 2001, Feely's 329 field goals were second most to David Akers, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His 90 field goals from 40 to 49 yards were second most during that stretch. And his 1,437 points are fourth among active players.

When asked if he considered keeping Feely around for the fourth preseason game, Arians said he thought about but thought letting the veteran kicker go now was for the best.

"It was possible," Arians said. "I thought it was fair to Jay to have a week to get with another team and the professional thing to do as a courtesy to him."

Also released by the Cardinals was veteran tackle Max Starks, who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was signed Aug. 1, but his stint in Arizona, which began with Starks playing with the second team but ended Sunday with the third-team offense, was marred by an ankle injury.

Quarterback Ryan Lindley was cut after two seasons with the Cardinals. He was drafted in the sixth round in 2012 and started four games that season as part of the Cardinals' quarterback carousel that led to Ken Whisenhunt's demise in Arizona. He had 752 yards and seven interceptions in six games in 2012 while completing 52 percent of his passes. Lindley didn't see the field in 2013 a result of the Cardinals trading for Carson Palmer in the offseason.

Lindley was competing with Logan Thomas, Arizona's fourth-round pick in 2014, during training camp for the Cardinals' third-string job.