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2013 Cap Hit: $3,012,500
Dead Money If Cut: $327,500
Cap Savings If Cut: $2,675,000
Why He Might Be a Salary Cap Casualty: Carpenter had one of the worst seasons of his career, converting just 81.5 percent of his field-goal attempts into points.
Ever since being voted to the Pro Bowl with an 89.3 field-goal percentage, Carpenter has fallen victim to inconsistency and has converted just 79.4 percent of his field goals in the three years since then.
Why He Might Not Be a Salary Cap Casualty: In his defense, he missed three field goals from 50-plus yards, and two from between 40 and 49 yards.
Good kickers are also hard to come by. Of the free-agent kickers this year, only Bengals kicker Josh Brown, Chargers kicker Nick Novak, Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka, Browns kicker Phil Dawson and Lions kicker Jason Hansen had a higher percentage than Carpenter. None are likely to leave their current teams by any path other than retirement (Dawson is 37 and Hansen is 42).
Besides, the Dolphins aren't that hard up for cap space.