Jay Feely staying with Cardinals

Updated: March 10, 2014, 10:58 PM ET
By Josh Weinfuss | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kicker Jay Feely will return to the Arizona Cardinals for the 2014 season, he tweeted Monday afternoon.

His future with the Cardinals was uncertain after he missed five of his final 12 field goal attempts last season, including two against San Francisco in the season finale that would've won the game for Arizona.

Feely had to fight for his job late in training camp last year after Arizona signed Dan Carpenter prior to the final preseason game. But Feely retained his role and went 30-for-36 and hit all 37 extra points.

Feely hit game-winning field goals at Tampa Bay in Week 3 and at Tennessee in overtime in Week 15 giving him six as a Cardinal and 11 in his career. His kick against the Titans gave Feely seven career overtime kicks, tying him with Joe Nedney for third all-time and putting him two away from the record of nine.

Feely's 127 points last season were the second most in franchise history.

After struggling in the season opener, hitting one of two field goals at St. Louis, Feely hit 17 straight until missing one against Indianapolis on Nov. 24. After last season, he owns four of the five longest streaks in team history.

In 2013, he was 3-for-5 from 50 yards or longer, 11-for-12 from 40-49 yards, 7-for-8 from 30-39 yards and 9-for-11 from 20-29 yards. His field goal percentage of 83.3 was 22nd best in the league.

Of his 86 kickoffs, 33 went for touchbacks. Feely averaged 65.56 yards per kickoff, fifth longest in the league last season.

Feely made $1.55 million last season and had a $2 million cap hit.

With Feely re-signing Monday and punter Dave Zastudil getting a new contract on Jan. 21, the Cardinals will have the same special teams unit since 2011. Long snapper Mike Leach will be a free agent next season.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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