Veteran kicker Jay Feely is about to become an unrestricted free agent and after the season, coach Bruce Arians said Feely’s status was “about business” going forward. That could mean different things, based on what else the Cardinals are seeking with a kicker and what Feely would cost (although even a minimum salary for a player in the league as long as Feely starts to get up there.) All along it made sense that the Cardinals would look at other, probably younger, options as they get into the offseason.
So comes news, via a Norwegian site (because sure, I’m trying to read Norwegian now) that the Cardinals will be trying out Havard Rugland — better known to the NFL world as “Kickalicious” after he posted his kicking exploits on youtube and later found his way on to the Detroit Lions roster for the 2013 preseason. He didn’t make the team, but now, the Cards apparently will give him a looksee.
“Jay Feely had a good season, and it’s not really good to know what Arizona thinks,” Rugland told tv2.no (which I then used Google Translate to, you know, translate). “I speculate not so much in it.
“They have not really said much to me what they want, I guess first and foremost, they pick me over to map and to find out what I’m good for.”
Just had a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals. It went great! Grateful for the opportunity.
— Håvard Rugland (@MrRugland) January 15, 2014
Rugland admits in the article he doesn’t want to talk much about it because he doesn’t want to have to compete with other kickers for a job, but the Cardinals are bringing in at least one other kicker than Rugland for tryouts (no, I don’t have names). The tryouts are always ongoing under the Steve Keim regime. That’s not new, and many have come through without signing, so we’ll see if this translates into actual kickers being put on the roster. Rugland, who had never played organized football before his preseason stint with Detroit, made all three field goal attempts for the Lions, including one of 50 yards.
It’d certainly be an interesting story if he joined the Cards.
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