With veteran kicker Jay Feely set to enter free agency, the Arizona Cardinals have taken the first step to perhaps move on to a new player. They have signed kicker Danny Hrapmann to a future contract for 2014.
He happened to get an unheralded tryout with the team the same day that YouTube sensation Havard Rugland ("Kickalicious") was in town trying out. However, it is not Rugland that gets to join the team in the offseason.
Hrapmann (5-9, 164) was in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 until he was released on August 16. He originally entered the NFL in 2012 with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Southern Mississippi, but was released following training camp as a rookie.
He was a first-team All-America selection as a junior in 2010 and a Lou Groza Award finalist for the top college placekicker. In two seasons at Southern Mississippi, Hrapmann was 49 of 65 on field goal attempts and was 116 for 117 on extra point attempts.
This appears to be more of a Will Batson move than a Danny Carpenter move. Batson was in camp last offseason with the Cardinals, but was basically a camp body. If Jay Feely is not re-signed, then I would expect a veteran kicker to be brought in as well.