As one of the four clubs who participated in conference championship weekend, the Jets haven’t been able to sign any unrestricted free agents unless one of their UFAs agreed to a deal with another team. But now with K Jay Feely flying west to the Cardinals, the Green & White can jump into the UFA market and they have plans to host former Cards K Neil Rackers this week.
The 33-year-old Rackers, originally a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000, had a highly successful tenure in Arizona from 2003-09. Over the past two seasons, Rackers connected on 41 of his 45 field goal attempts for a 91 percent success rate. He suffered a groin injury late last season, missing two games and then making just one of his three postseason FG tries.
A career 78 percent kicker, Rackers established an NFL record in 2005 by connecting on 40 field goals. He not only connected on 95 percent of his FGs that Pro Bowl campaign, but he also added 22 touchbacks on his kickoffs and his 140 points set a franchise mark.
Known for a strong leg, Rackers hit twice from 55 yards and once from 50 in the Cardinals’ 25-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks on October 24, 2004. His three makes from 50-plus in a game tied Morten Andersen for the league record, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame got Rackers’ shoes after the booming performance.
The Jets also have veteran K Nick Folk on the roster.
After starting with seven UFAs, the Jets’ list now stands at four. TE Ben Hartsock and FB Tony Richardson re-signed with New York’s AFC representative, Feely joined the Cards, and LS James Dearth, DE Marques Douglas, LB Ryan Fowler and LB/ST Larry Izzo are still on the market.
Update: All Rackers-Jets talk became moot on Monday night when reports first came in that the kicker signed with the Houston Texans.
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Jay Feely, Nick Folk
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