It’s a bittersweet news release coming out of Miami today but it was also one that was inevitable. Dan Carpenter the Dolphins veteran kicker of five seasons has been released. The Dolphins drafted Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis in the 5th round of this past April’s draft and he showcased a strong leg on kick-offs and accurate one on field goals. After a solid pre-season game against Jacksonville last Friday which included a 58 yard three pointer, the Dolphins made the classy move and released one of the teams most accurate kickers in history in time to latch on with another team.
In the five seasons Carpenter has been a Dolphin, he has posted longs of 58 and 60 yards and has been over 80% accuracy in four of his five seasons. There is little doubt that Carpenter will be kicking in the NFL in 2013 the only question will be where. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be a possible landing spot as they have searching for a steady kicker this off-season.
With Carpenter out of the way, the Dolphins are handing over the duties full time to their young 5th rounder.