Jason Sanders was a priority, Matt Haack was not
Coming from New England it is no surprise that Flores values special teams as highly as he does. This offseason proves just that.
The offseason for the special teams started by re-signing Jason Sanders to a five-year deal for $22 million, making him the highest-paid kicker in the league. Sanders has had multiple seasons of making 90% of his kicks. He is arguably a top-five kicker in the league and is now being paid as such.
The team then decided to let punter Matt Haack walk and bring in former Panther punter Michael Palardy. I am not going to sit here and tell you what I know about Michael Palardy, but I do know Matt Haack, and I know he is now going to be punting for the rival Buffalo Bills. It was a head-scratching move, in my opinion, but I do trust Flores and Chris Grier on this move.
Lastly, the team brought in both Cethan Carter and Duke Riley. Both players were mainstay special teamers, Riley being the special team’s captain, for their last team.
Football is a game of three phases, if you struggle on special teams you probably will not go far. Take a look at the 2010 San Diego, now Los Angeles, Chargers.
Singing Jason Sanders long term Grade: A+
Michael Palardy Grade: C
Cethan Carter and Duke Riley Grade: A