“On behalf of the Miami Dolphins, I would like to thank Dan for his contributions he has made as a member of the organization . 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.”With the Dolphins joining the growing youth movement at kicker in the NFL, Dan Carpenter joins the growing list of veteran free agents. As he noted recently:
“Your stay with an NFL team at any position is day to day, no matter if there’s five guys competing for your position or nobody."On the human interest side of the story, the Carpenters, Dan and Kaela, are expecting their first child within the week. About this time last year, we had spoken to her for our Kicker's Wives article.
For Caleb Sturgis, he'll now have the remaining three games of preseason and associated practices as the only kicker with the team and more time to work with his co-specialists.
"I’m in a better rhythm now. I’m hitting the ball well. I’m forming a good relationship with [long snapper] John Denney and [holder] Brandon Fields."Brandon Fields, who handles punting and holding, discussed the transitions:
"Caleb's been a professional out there and hopefully he will continue to do well and help the team win.... [Dan] took it in stride and he's moving on with his professional career to somewhere else. The guy we have now, Caleb, he's shown he can do it too."
"It’s just a fact of the business that this is going to happen. It’s going to happen to everybody. Sooner or later you’re going to get off the train, whether you’re kicked off or you leave of your own accord. So you have to know it going into it and be professional about it."Head coach Joe Philbin discussed the timing of the move:
"We just felt this was the right opportunity to do it for both parties, really. Caleb Sturgis is going to need time and practice to prepare for game-like situations. The more game-like situations he can get in, the better. That was certainly a part of it."