I thought this was a band aid, but it could also be a tryout for Kaeding based on this:
Hawk Central wrote:
Kaeding said he’s worked out for several teams, including Carolina and San Francisco, and had interest from Chicago and Cincinnati, but didn’t see the long-term potential he did in Miami.http://hawkcentral.com/2012/12/21/whirl ... a-dolphin/
Miami’s current kicker, Dan Carpenter, is on injured reserve with a groin injury. He was 22-of-27 this season and is signed through 2013.
Kaeding, a Pro Bowl kicker who is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history at 87 percent (180-of-207), was 7-of-7 in three games this season before his groin injury.
“He has demonstrated a record of success as a kicker in this league,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s a true professional, and I’m sure he’ll do a great job for us.”
Philbin was the offensive line coach at Iowa when Kaeding was an All-American kicker for the Hawkeyes. Kaeding said it was fun to see him, and also former Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe, now the Dolphins’ receiver coach.
“He had a hand in recruiting me at West High,” Kaeding said of O’Keefe. “Now we’re sitting on the same team in Miami. It’s funny how things work out sometimes.”