Saturday, February 9, 2013
Carpenter could get the boot
By AJ Mass
Dan Carpenter is currently the third-highest paid kicker in the NFL, behind only Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers. That price tag may be the reason Carpenter may soon find himself being pushed out of his kicking job in Miami.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, replacing Carpenter with a rookie would clear up $2 million in space under the salary cap. Carpenter, who was placed on injured reserve in December, missed five field goals last season.
With two of the top field goal kickers in the NFL draft being "local" - Florida State's Dustin Hopkins and the University of Florida's Caleb Sturgis - there's every reason to believe the Miami Dolphins might be willing to give a kid a chance, just as they did with Carpenter in 2008.