He spent five straight years with the Dolphins as their kicker, and had settled in with that team for what he probably hoped was a long run.
But Dan Carpenter has spent the last two and a half weeks roaming around the NFL in search of his next job. He was signed to the Bills 53-man roster Tuesday, to handle the kicking chores. Rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins reportedly suffered an injury in practice Monday, and the Bills went out and tapped Carpenter.
The signing should bring some stability to Carpenter’s life. After being cut by Miami on August 14th, he went home to see his first child, a son, Colby, born four days later. Then he went to Arizona and kicked for the Cardinals in their third preseason game. He was cut by the Cardinals, signed by the Jets, and kicked in their final preseason game last Thursday, before being cut loose again.
Over the weekend, Carpenter was invited to try out for the kicking job with the Cleveland Browns. But on his way to Cleveland Monday, he got the call from the Bills while on a layover at the Atlanta airport.
Carpenter went on to Cleveland, spent the night there, and then made the short flight to Buffalo Tuesday morning to sign with the Bills.
In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Carpenter said he’s looking forward to a little stability, at least for a couple of weeks.
“I’ve been very fortunate to play in one place for five years,” he said. “It all went by extremely fast. It’s exciting. My wife and I love to get out and meet new people, see new places. Obviously, we’d enjoy a little more than three days in one place. But we’re excited to play up here. We’ve heard it’s a great organization and we’re excited to be part of it.”
Host John Murphy asked Carpenter if his wife, and his infant son, Colby, have been criss-crossing the country with him for the last few weeks.
“No travelling for them,” he said. “Nothing yet.”
The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here
Tags: Dan Carpenter, Dustin Hopkins, The John Murphy Show
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