Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter (5) kicks a field goal in the second quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking News: Carpenter Released


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.

Tags: Caleb Sturgis Dan Carpenter Miami Dolphins

  • Jason Klenetsky

    I followed Sturgis throughout his college career and have no doubt he will do a fine job for the Phins.

    • Tyler Cary

      Plus that 58 yard FG was just flat out beautiful.

  • tpl

    Classy. Very Classy. Miami released Carpenter so at least he can have a shot at
    signing with another team. Good Luck Dan!

  • Johnny

    This was going to happen no matter what, barring a Srurgis season-ending injury.. I though maybe we could try to get a 6 or 7 rd pick in a trade for Carpenter, who is a good NFL kicker.. Thinking maybe Tampa Bay, who needs a Kicker after Barth is out.. Obviously every team knows he’s going to get release and could wait for that.. But, maybe TB wouldn’t want to take the chance in the Waiver Wire.. Oh well.. Saved about 2.3 million in cap space.. Carpenter was due 2.7 and Sturgis is getting 400k… Actually Sturgis’ 4yr contract is for 2.7 mil.. So 4yrs vs 1 year?? It’s all a number game.. Plus Sturgis was a 5th round draft pick.. Not surprised at all.. Good move to give Carp a few days for his child to be born and to give him a fighting chance to make a team this year (which hell have no problem making a team)
    GOODLUCK Carp!!!
    Better Luck Sturg!!!

    • Johnny

      “Thought”^^^ oh, and thanks Dan!! GOODLUCK… And Thank you again for losing those 2 games for us last year.(Zona &NYJ)..

      And another thing.. Sturgis is kicking the ball off way better then Dan… Dan kicked off to the 1-10yd line.. While Sturgis kicked just about every kick off was through the endzone or in the back of the endzone.. Not giving a chance for return.. Knowing our opponents will start at the 20yd line this season… Is a good thing..
      Now.. Bring it Sturg!!

      Are we really talking about kickers?? LOL
      (Actually good kickers account for more points then anyone on the team)