As first reported by FOXSports.com Wednesday evening, the Saints and K Garrett Hartley agreed on a five-year contract. On Thursday, the team announced the kicker signed his contract.
According to a league source, Hartley’s contract is worth $10.3 million with just over $3 million guaranteed. With incentives, the deal maxes out at roughly $13 million. Completing a deal wasn’t easy because of the 30 percent rule, which limits the base salaries from year to year to 30 percent increases in new contracts.
His agent, Erik Burkhardt, wouldn't confirm or deny the terms of the deal, but was happy with the commitment the team showed to his client.
"To me, this is yet another example of why (executive vice president/general manager) Mickey Loomis and (head) coach (Sean) Payton are the best at what they do,” Burkhardt told FOXSports.com. “They both really understand what it means to put their players in the best possible situations to succeed. Garrett looks forward to helping the Saints family and entire Who Dat Nation win additional championships in coming years."
He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the start of the new league year, was tendered at the level of approximately $1.1 million on Tuesday. Hartley earned $470,000 in base salary last season.
Hartley, who originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2008, signed with the Saints in October of 2008.
In 2010, the product of the University of Oklahoma converted 20-of-25 field goal attempts, with the longest one coming from 52 yards (career-long), and he was 40-for-40 in extra-point attempts.
For his career in regular season play, the Texas native has played in 27 games and converted 42-of-49 field goal attempts for a conversion rate of 85.7%, and 78-of-79 extra points (98.7%) for a combined point total of 204 points. In postseason play Hartley has played in four career games, making all eight of his field goal attempts, as well as converting all 15 of his extra point attempts. He also owns the team-record for most points scored in the postseason (39 points).
In 2010, he helped the Saints capture Super Bowl XLIV by becoming the first kicker in Super Bowl history to convert three field goals of 40 yards or more in the game. Hartley helped the team advance to that game by converting a 40-yard field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Conference Championship game.
Hartley is currently the only kicker signed for next season on the Saints 80-man roster.
In other team news, DT Shaun Rogers signed his one-year deal on Wednesday after agreeing to it on Tuesday.