In the same offseason they signed long snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields to contract extensions, the Miami Dolphins have likewise rewarded the third and final member of their core special teams unit.
It was reported today that the Dolphins signed placekicker Dan Carpenter to a three-year, $6.21 million contract extension.
According to Alain Poupart of Scout.com, Carpenter will earn base salaries of $1 million in 2010, $2.53 million in 2011, and $2.68 million in 2012.
The extension comes roughly four months after Carpenter re-signed with the Dolphins on a one-year, $470,000 contract as an exclusive-rights free agent.
In addition to more than doubling Carpenter's 2010 earnings, the new contract also buys out Carpenter's first two years of restricted free agency.
Barring an extension of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, Carpenter will be a restricted free agent for two more seasons after this contract expires before he will be able to hit the open market in 2015.
Should the CBA be extended and the old free agency rules be reimplemented, Carpenter will be able to hit the unrestricted free agent market immediately in 2013.
Although the Dolphins didn't have to offer Carpenter an extension as he was under team control for the next four years, it was the right move to give him a raise now.
Carpenter has been highly productive during his first two pro seasons since joining the team as an undrafted free agent, converting 46-of-53 (86.8 percent) of field-goal attempts.
The Montana alum replaced San Diego Chargers' placekicker Nate Kaeding on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster following the 2009 season after posting an 89.3 field-goal percentage.
Combined with Denney and Fields, Carpenter completes an extremely productive and cohesive special teams unit in Miami.
The Dolphins have done well to lock up all three players to contract extensions and keep the entire unit together in the coming years.
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