It looks like fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis will be the Dolphins kicker this season.
The Dolphins announced Wednesday afternoon that they have released veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, who was competing with Sturgis for the job in Miami this season. It’s not a huge surprise since teams don’t tend to draft kickers without plans to give them the job once the regular season rolls around.
Carpenter spent the last five years with the Dolphins, connecting on 81.9 percent of his field goal tries over that time and going to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season. He made both field goals he tried in the Hall of Fame Game, but didn’t try any kicks during the Dolphins’ second preseason game against the Jaguars. The Dolphins will save $2.675 million by cutting Carpenter.
Carpenter has struggled with accuracy at points during his career, but he’s still likely to be on the list of veteran kickers called by teams in search of kicking help this season.