While kicker Dan Carpenter has been somewhat of a fixture in Miami the past five seasons, the writing was on the wall once the Dolphins drafted Caleb Sturgis out of Florida in the 5th round of 2013 NFL Draft.
Still, the Dolphins said there would be a fair competition for the roster spot, a spot which Carpenter apparently has lost as the Dolphins released the kicker this afternoon.
Per the Miami Herald:
“On behalf of the Miami Dolphins, I would like to thank Dan for his contributions he has made as a member of the organization,” general manager Jeff Ireland said in a written statement. “For the past five seasons, Dan has been a tireless worker on the field while devoting countless hours of his time off the field to the betterment of the South Florida community.
“He has been a productive player and an outstanding citizen and we wish him and his wife Kaela all the best.”
Some have suggested that the early release of Carpenter is a bit shocking considering there really wasn’t much time for the two to even compete for the roster spot, but the Dolphins decision to release Carpenter so early was most likely a favor.
It was unlikely Carpenter would have beat out the rookie so the Fins gave their former kicker time to find a new home while NFL training camps were still ongoing.