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Carney Talking to the Saints About Becoming a Coach

John Carney is talking to the Saints about becoming a full-time coach or consultant.

Longtime New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney is in talks with the Saints about becoming a full-time coach or consultant – similar to the role he played down the stretch of their Super Bowl championship season in 2009-2010.

Carney, who turns 47 next month, said it became clear last year that his opportunities to kick in the NFL were running out after 22 standout seasons. So he said he’s eager to make the “natural” transition to a coaching role, which will allow him to stay close to the game and the Saints specifically.

Carney said both he and the team are interested in finding a role for him, though an official move will probably be on hold until the NFL’s labor issues are settled.

“My playing days will be behind me, but I won’t hang my cleats up yet,” Carney said. “I imagine I’ll be out there several days a week, kicking alongside (punter) Thomas Morstead and (kicker) Garrett Hartley to make sure those guys stay sharp. It would look bad if a 47-year-old guy is able to keep up with them, so that will add some motivation, and it will give me a chance to stay involved with the game.”

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