Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland maintained all offseason that Dan Carpenter and rookie Caleb Sturgis would stage a training-camp battle to become the team's starting kicker. That battle is over.
The move comes as no great surprise, considering Carpenter's prohibitive price tag. He was due $2.675 million in 2013, more than Sturgis -- the Dolphins' fifth-round draft pick -- will cost over the next four seasons.
Carpenter needed a white-hot training camp to keep his job. He hit two field goals against the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason opener, but he didn't attempt one in Friday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars. Sturgis, meanwhile, nailed a 58-yarder against Jacksonville.
Making the news especially raw for Carpenter, The Miami Herald reports his wife "is due any moment" with the couple's first child.
Carpenter -- now one of the better kickers on the open market -- shouldn't be out of work for long. For the baby's sake, we hope he finds another gig pronto.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.