Dan Carpenter was a fresh-faced undrafted rookie out of the University of Montana looking to find work back in 2008. The Miami Dolphins invited the kicker to training camp and had him compete against Jay Feely, an established veteran who converted 21 of 23 field goals for Miami the previous season, setting a single-season record for field goal percentage. Feely and Carpenter had a training camp battle and because there was little noticeable difference in the two kickers - outside of their salaries - the cheaper rookie won out and Feely was released. Fast forward five seasons and sources say the Dolphins could make history repeat itself because the team’s executives are leaning towards adding another kicker to camp, forcing Carpenter to earn his roster spot in 2013. At this point it is uncertain if that player will be a veteran or a rookie. Carpenter is slated to earn $2.7 million in 2013, the final year of the four-year, $8 million contract he signed the summer of 2010, the season that followed his 2009 Pro Bowl selection. Cutting Carpenter and replacing him with an inexpensive rookie would create an additional $2 million-plus in cap space. Restructuring Carpenter’s contract is also an option. The only kickers in the NFL who presently have a higher base salary than Carpenter are Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski ($3.8 million) and San Francisco’s David Akers ($3 million).
Is kicker Dan Carpenter on solid footing with Dolphins?
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 9