Chiefs reach deal with 18-year veteran Carney
In their latest attempt to remedy a kicking problem that has affected coach Herm Edwards' in-game decisions, the Kansas City Chiefs have reached a contract agreement with 18-year veteran placement specialist John Carney.
Carney, 43, will become the third different kicker for the Chiefs this season.
The fourth-leading scorer in NFL history (1,796 points), Carney was one of three free agent kickers auditioned on Monday by Kansas City officials, joining Billy Cundiff and Nick Novak. The Chiefs are replacing third-year veteran Dave Rayner, who converted 15 of 22 field goal tries and all 14 extra point attempts in 10 games this season.
But Rayner made just five of eight field goals from 40 yards or more and, in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders, he was wide left on a 33-yard attempt. Later in the quarter, Edwards eschewed what would have been a 41-yard try, and instead tried to convert on fourth-and-1 from the Oakland 23-yard line. Rookie tailback Kolby Smith was stopped for a loss of one yard.
Rookie Justin Medlock, a fifth-round draft choice, opened the season as Kansas City's kicker. But after struggling in training camp, and making just one of two tries in the season opener, Medlock was released and the Chiefs signed Rayner to replace him. Rayner had been cut by Green Bay, where he made 26 of 35 field goals in 2006.
Carney was released by New Orleans this spring after six seasons with the team, following a trade that brought the Saints former Miami standout kicker Olindo Mare. But Carney was subsequently signed by Jacksonville when incumbent Josh Scobee suffered a quadriceps injury. In eight games with the Jaguars, Carney made nine of 11 field goals and 20 of 21 extra points, for 47 points.
For his career, Carney has converted 422 of 516 field goal attempts and 530 of 538 extra point attempts. The former Notre Dame standout has scored 100 or more points in 10 different seasons. Carney has appeared in 258 games with Tampa Bay (1988), San Diego (1990-2000), New Orleans (2001-2006), and Jacksonville (2007).
Details of the contract Carney will sign in Kansas City were not immediately available.
Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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