It's a salary cap move, plain and simple. Carpenter missed some clutch kicks last year, kicks that could've given this team a winning record. He's making over $2 million a year while Sturgis is making $400K. If your kicker is not gonna make clutch kicks, he doesn't deserve over $2 million
I agree. Carpenter still is a very good kicker, but he's showing signs of decline on the long stuff as he's not the consistent kicker that he used to be. I remember Jimmy Johnson trading Pete Stoyanovich to the Chiefs because he said he didn't believe in paying a kicker that kind of money. I think a lot of us were in denial that one of our favorite Dolphins kickers was on the decline as well.