September 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding (10) kicks a field goal out of the hold by punter Mike Scifres (5) during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Sign Kicker Nate Kaeding

The Miami Dolphins have signed Kicker, Nate Kaeding, to replace Kicker, Dan Carpenter, after the Dolphins placed Carpenter on Injured Reserve this Thursday due to a right groin injury. Kaeding was signed on Friday.

Nate Kaeding is a former Pro Bowl Kicker who played for the San Diego Chargers up until he was released this season on October 30th due to, ironically, a groin injury. He was able to play three games this season until suffering his injury.

Kaeding currently is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history with an 87 percent success rate, having 180 makes on 207 attempts. He also has made a Pro Bowl appearance twice in his career, first in 2006 and another in 2009. Kaeding is one of the most reliable kickers in NFL history. He is a good addition to this Dolphins team.

Here is a quote by Head Coach Joe Philbin on

“He has demonstrated a record of success as a kicker in this league,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s a true professional, and I’m sure he’ll do a great job for us.”

If Kaeding has a good day against the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots, could he possibly replace Dan Carpenter permanently next season? Carpenter, arguably, lost two games earlier in the season (one against the Arizona Cardinals and the other against the New York Jets), but has performed well as of late. Carpenter finished the season 22-27.

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