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Dolphins dump Carpenter, keeping Sturgis

It raised eyebrows when Dan Carpenter struggled last season. Then the Dolphins drafted kicker Caleb Sturgis out of the University of Florida in the fifth round and that led to whispers. And those whispers got louder when Sturgis went nuts the other night in the preseason game against Jacksonville, connecting on a 58-yard field goal and booming all six of his kickoffs into the end zone.

Well, today the move that has been coming for months happened as the Dolphins terminated the contract of Carpenter and, in so doing, awarded the kicking job to Sturgis.

"On behalf of the Miami Dolphins, I would like to thank Dan for his contributions he has made as a member of the organization," GM Jeff Ireland said in a statement.

"For the past five years seasons Dan has been a tireless worker on the field while devoting countless hours of his time off the field to the beterment 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."

All the service Carpenter gave the Dolphins ultimately was overshadowed by two factors:

1. Sturgis was simply better this preseason, connecting on a higher percentage of long field goals than Carpenter.

2. Cutting Carpenter means a significant cap savings. The Dolphins save $2.675 million by cutting Carpenter in the final year of his contract although they will carry $337,500 in dead money as a result.

Sturgis will cost the Dolphins $441,140 against the cap.

So the actual cap savings of keeping Sturgis over Carpenter is $1,896,360.

Carpenter connected on 22 of 27 kicks in 2012 for a success percentage of 81.5, which is the second-lowest mark of his career and marked his second disappointing season since 2010.

It's unclear if Carpenter requested his release but the Dolphins apparently did right by letting him go this early. It gives the five-year veteran a better chance to get picked up by another team. On the other hand, Carpenter's wife is expected to give birth today or tomorrow. So that timing is interesting.

Among the team looking for kickers?

The Cleveland Browns ... Miami's opponent in the regular-season opener.

 

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If Irescum had half a brain we'd have Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Wallace as WR's.


Maybe Marv Levy thought that the Super Bowl was a preseason game as well! That would explain a lot.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 14, 2013 at 07:57 PM

LMFAO! Nice sarcastic wit! I felt Bills stayed shell shocked from Norwood miss in 1st and only competitive game they played in the dance. Just inexplicably rolled over for NFC East come Super Sunday.


If Irescum had half a brain we'd have Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Wallace as WR's.

Posted by: Ron Son | August 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Only if your talking All Madden while using monopoly money! Your either joking or living in a fantasy World.

Ron Son that would never happen, come on man!


If Irescum had half a brain we'd have Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Wallace as WR's.

Posted by: Ron Son | August 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM


This post makes minus zero sense. If we drafted Dez, we wouldn't have signed Marshall. If we still had Marshall, we definitely wouldn't have broken the bank for Wallace.

Just as some here are opposed to any thing this team does. Are you also opposed to simple common sense? If not, it sure seems like it.


Carpenter knew his day were numbered when they drafted a Kicker in the fifth round, has there ever been a trade for a kicker

Posted by: Salvaje | August 14, 2013 at 08:10 PM

Ummmmm????? Really!! We traded Olindo Mare to the Saints for a 6th RD pick in 07!

Thats what it takes to compete for SB's. It could have easily been done.


course salvaje we traded stoyanovich to kc for a 5th rd pick

Posted by: dusty bottoms | August 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM

That's right! JJ made this trade when he found Mare on some Soccer field.

Ron Son are you meaning to say unless you have 3 number 1 receivers you can't compete for a Super Bowl?!? Wow.

I'm enjoying Mando on twitter saying the Dolphins are playing for second in the AFC East. Would love for him to be wrong when we beat the Pats!

Even 17asswhipe is too dumb to realize who Ron Son is. Just another character with many names making posts to bait fools to respond.

You all should maybe get a life, morons are making fools out of you.

And coming here to tell people to get a life is a quality life itself clearly.

Darkoak tell us again your are a psychiatrist. I'm trying to straighten you all out. The blog is a pitiful joke and you don't realize how jokers consistently make fools of you all.

Posted by: Fuzz | August 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM

LMFAO, So true! That's why I enjoy reading what you have to say because nobody here makes a fool out of you!

You accomplish that all on your own.

Darkoak,

How much do you think Dez gets in next FA class?? Remember he's playing his 4th Season and expect him to blow up the spot adding to his 2nd half of last Yr. probably hits the 10 Mil plateau even with the baggage.

Notice not one remotely intelligent response. I'll bet the high school lockerroom in downtown Miami has more depth then the bunch here.

Ron Son are you meaning to say unless you have 3 number 1 receivers you can't compete for a Super Bowl?!? Wow.
Posted by: Darkoak | August 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

It doesnt all have to be at WR but thats the kind of talent needed to compete for championships. It can be done.

The palm beach post reports that
Dion Jordan, who reinjured his troublesome shoulder during Friday’s game at Jacksonville,
will probably not be ready until after the preseason.


I'm scared.
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Darkoak tell us again your are a psychiatrist. I'm trying to straighten you all out. The blog is a pitiful joke and you don't realize how jokers consistently make fools of you all.
Posted by: Fuzz | August 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

There there let it all out, we're here for you. Clearly coming here as often as you do to cry for help. I mean how else could you think anyone on this green Eartj would have anything but pity for an person living with an attitude like yours.

Earth

Pity pity...you are getting there...

Dion Jordan = Damaged Goods

Ah Fuzz, go get laid or grab a beer or something. The bitterness doesn't look good on ya.

Darkoak,

Please take it easy on Fuzz. We wouldn't want a poster of his talents to leave the blog. I don't know if I could handle this place without all the sophisticated posts he puts on here!

fin4life you are probably on the money about Dez. He'll get top 10 number one money.

Wallace is not a #1 receiver. He wasnt on the Steelers and he ranked 30th in yards.

fin4life I imagine Dez will get 12 million or more. Enough to have him paid 3rd-5th highest WR.

Keep trying

Darkoak,
Please take it easy on Fuzz. We wouldn't want a poster of his talents to leave the blog. I don't know if I could handle this place without all the sophisticated posts he puts on here!
Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM

True I mean who doesn't like being called a fool by someone that can't pry themselves away from the fools no matter what they do. It's epic comedy!

Wallace is not a #1 receiver. He wasnt on the Steelers and he ranked 30th in yards.

Posted by: Shula 73 | August 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I agree. He is better than a #1 WR. His speed opens up the defense and makes a #2 WR into a #1 and a #3 look like a #2. Keller, Hartline and Gibson can all likely reach career highs this year!

Wallace prevents the safeties from playing up like they did last year. That opens things up for the running game, best part of picking up Wallace.

I agree. He is better than a #1 WR. His speed opens up the defense and makes a #2 WR into a #1 and a #3 look like a #2. Keller, Hartline and Gibson can all likely reach career highs this year!
Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

YOU WISH!! NOT WITH TANNEBUST!!! LMAO!!

Pray for new ownership.

BLAH BLAH BLAH DORK DORK DORK BLORT!!

Posted by LOL

Lol.

Darkoak & Woodshed,

I listen to the Dan LeBatard show every day on 790 the ticket and they were saying that the shoulder problem with Jordan is the type that has the potential to become re-occuring. We all know that if you completely seperate shoulder even working out could cause damage, if this is true (at this point conjecture) then we may have bought ourselves a lemon! I hope and pray like everybody else rooting for DJ but in rewatching game I didn't see anything out of the ordinary when he played. If he's re-injured (the radio says it's serious!) then Ireland better hope Martin holds up given he passed on L.Johnson and Tannehill starts playing alot better, if this is true why didn't we have a staff evaluate the situation, again if true would be INEXCUSABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LOL | August 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Yep, your right. I totally forgot that our 2nd year QB is already a bust. I mean he did have better rookie numbers than many HOF QBs had in their first years so I didn't see it. But now that you called him Tannebust it must be true. Thanks for all you do LOL! Your are a true representative of all that is Dolphin Football.

Drafting an injured player that high was a colossal gamble. Good thing he's young and may recover given time. Not what you want from a 3 pick though.

Who wants a 3rd overall pick with a bum shoulder?

IRESCUM

Posted by: fin4life | August 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I agree. You don't move to #3 to take a guy if their is any inclination he has a recurring injury problem. Unfortunately, we won't know until later. I liked what I saw from him in the short periods he played though.

I'm also very concerned with Jamar Taylor at this point. This was definitely a boom or bust draft AND offseason for us.

Pray for new ownership.
Posted by: Shula 73 | August 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Pray for your Internet to get cancelled.


a boom or bust draft AND offseason for us.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

YEP!

F4L,

Hate to break it to you. Amigo.

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Compensatory Picks:

These picks are determined at the league's annual meeting before the draft and are given to teams that in the previous year's free agency period have lost more or better free agent players than they gained. This highly confidential formula, created by the NFL Management Council, is based on players' salaries, playing time, post-season awards, and the net amount of free agents lost versus free agents signed. The maximum amount of picks any team can gain is 4 and they cannot be traded.

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Compensation is based on Value of Free Agents Lost Vs Value of Free Agents Acquired.

So as long as Carpenter Clears Waiver. He will add to the formula for us to get compensation. And from what you said, Carpenter is a UFA.

Now, the question is does he add into the 2014 Draft or 2015 Draft. Cause of the League year.

Dashi we'll get zero picks for Carpenter, look at all the free agents we signed an how many we lost. No way and you don't get compensated for cut players do you?

Darkoak,

He counts into the formula. As long as nobody picks him off waivers, Carpenter will be a FA.

On our Compensation. I might agree with you, BUT, according to people here. LONG, BUSH, DANSBY, FASANO, S.SMITH, AND OTHERS. Were MORE VALUABLE than the players we signed.

I beg to differ. But, some here act like we just lost the Franchise this Free Agency.

I beg to differ. But, some here act like we just lost the Franchise this Free Agency.
Posted by: Dashi | August 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Losing Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Karlos Dansby is devastating.

Compensatory picks are only awarded to a team that lost a player with an expiring contract, not teams that cut players or traded them away. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2013/3/18/4121248/2013-nfl-draft-order

Nope on the cuts Dashi.

DJ had a torn Labrum, NOT a separated shoulder.

And he played most of his last season with the Labrum injury.

Just like L.Miller at The U. Similar Injury.

And you don't see people talking about L.Miller might hurt his shoulder again.

But you know the Miami Media. Specializing in Propaganda.

You guys are saying it out of your mouths, but, it still seems to be blowing right over top of your heads. The compensatory formula is based makes up the difference in performance level of fa lost vs the performance level of the fa's we brought in.

IMO, the fa's we signed will most likely have better seasons than those we lost. In the least it will be a wash. I don't even expect a compensatory 7th rd pick, and you guys are trying to formulate a kicker in who struggles with anything outside of like 43yds.

Don't even hold your breaths on Carpenter getting us a compensatory kick.....

Darkoak,

Thanks.

Now that means we don't get nothing for Dansby or Burnett either.

It makes sense though. If teams also get picks for guys they Cut, everyone would be getting Extra Picks.

Losing Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Karlos Dansby is devastating.

Posted by: Cellar Fins | August 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I agree. The Patriots, Jets and Bills counted on 1) Jake missing the final third of the season
2) Reggie to dance around long enough to get behind the LOS and 3) Dansby to show up 25lbs overweight and stand around waiting for ball carriers to run into his loving arms.

There presence will surely be missed by some.

They passed on Brees because of a bad shoulder and he became a star.

They take Dion with a bad shoulder and he becomes a bust.

I thought they should have taking the badger and lattimore. If one of them comes through, highly likely, it's worth it.

But Jeff has no guts.

On our Compensation. I might agree with you, BUT, according to people here. LONG, BUSH, DANSBY, FASANO, S.SMITH, AND OTHERS. Were MORE VALUABLE than the players we signed.

I beg to differ. But, some here act like we just lost the Franchise this Free Agency.

Posted by: Dashi | August 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM

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Dashi and Darkoak agree.

The FAs we gained are more valuable than the FAs we lost.

What Dashi is saying is that some here who like to use 2000 names will say the Opposite like "Cellar Fins" and Many Moore.

But again you are the King, Dashi is just a Poor Peasant That rides Public Transportation and Cleans Floors for a living.

Sucks to be Dashi.

If anybody reads Armando's Twitter Feed.

Please explain how he is objective. When he is making fun of the Fins and claiming how bad they are.

Way to show your True Colors today Armando. We already knew, Thanks for Confirming.

This highly confidential formula, created by the NFL Management Council, is based on players' salaries, playing time, post-season awards, and the net amount of free agents lost versus free agents signed.

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Not just performance level. BUT, OVERALL VALUE. Performance, Awards, Salary, and Playing Time.

(PL)P+A+S+PT / (PG)P+A+S+PT = Compensation.

Agreed, Dashi. He's all in on the Pats to win the East. Can't wait till he is wrong.

Actually, I think Miami did Carpenter a big favor by going ahead and cutting him now. He can see about getting on with another team (Tampa Bay, Cleveland, etc.) or take a break and spend time with his pregnant wife since she's due at any time now and he'd want to take time off for the birth of the baby anyways! And, he may do both! Take some time for his family while waiting to see what his agent can come up with. He's in no hurry. I'm sure he's saved a few dollars and because Miami terminated his contract, I'm pretty sure they still have to pay him something. (I think someone said $500 grand+). Plus, it makes the organization look good in the eyes of the players by not waiting until the last minute to cut him so that he has options. Win-win, if you ask me.

I think Ireland needs to go ahead and cut Javorskie Lane. We all know it's coming. And, Miami needs to bring in some O-line help anyways since half of them are banged up.

I expect some oline pickups this week as well Tracy.

They need to. If nothing else, just to help get us through the preseason. Any other time, they'd be churning the bottom of the roster already.

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