NFL free agency: Jay Feely could return to Arizona Cardinals, but likely with pay cut

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

He wants to be here and knows there will be competition

Kicker Jay Feely was one player that Arizona Cardinals fans began to sour on because of some missed field goals during the season, including a pair in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, which ended up a three-point loss.

He is a free agent and his future with the team is in doubt. Feely, though, was a radio guest a month ago on Arizona Sports 98.7 and said that "we've talked ... They want me back, I want to be back, so hopefully we can get that done."

Listen to the full interview with Feely.


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So far, the only soon-to-be free agent for the Cardinals to come to terms on a contract is punter Dave Zastudil.

Perhaps that is because the offer that the Cardinals have on the table is not much.

According to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports Radio 910, if Feely returns to Arizona, "it is likely for the league minimum."

If that is the offer on the table, it makes sense to not sign right now, but to wait and see.

Feely also knows that if he is brought back, he doesn't go in knowing he has made the team. There will be competition. Arizona already has brought in Danny Hrapmann. We shouldn't rule out a veteran being brought in as well.

However, Feely is confident his ability. He feels that he responds well to adversity. "I kicked the ball great when they brought in (Danny) Carpenter," he cited. "I think one of the things I've shown throughout my career ... I'm a competitor."

Maybe he will be back. It shouldn't come as a surprise either way. However, it must be tough for his pride to know that he will have to play for significantly less money than he did last season (his cap number was $2 million). But he may be at a point in his life and career that it would be worth more to stay in one place than to begin again elsewhere.

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