There was some talk that Hartley could be on the chopping block now that he’s struggled for much of the 2013 season. Hartley notably missed a 26-yard field goal against the Rams this past Sunday, which was apparently the final straw.
This season, Hartley has converted 22-of-30 field goal attempts (73%), which currently ranks No. 30 in the NFL. The past three seasons, Hartley has converted over 80 percent of his attempts, but given that most NFL kickers are making a higher percentage than that, it makes sense that the Saints would look to move on.