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There is no denying Dan Carpenter had an outstanding year in 2013.
In fact, Carpenter had a career year by all accounts. He set career bests in percentage of field goals made (91.7) and field goals made (33). That performance led to the Bills re-signing Carpenter to a four-year deal in March.
But if I were a betting man, I wouldn't wager on Carpenter finishing out that contract. First of all, his deal schedules him to make $2.125 million in 2017 (the last year of the deal), per Spotrac.
In addition, the Bills still have Dustin Hopkins, who had won the kicking job last training camp before going down with a season-ending groin injury. Hopkins is on the Bills bubble watch, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, but Rodak noted Hopkins is healthy and "booming his kickoffs."
Rodak said there is a chance the Bills could keep both kickers on the final roster, but it isn't likely. But Hopkins has looked solid in minicamp, setting up what could be an exiting competition in training camp.
And you never know if Carpenter's performance will fall off. There was a reason he got cut by the Dolphins. In 2010, Carpenter missed 11 of his 41 field-goal attempts and five of his 27 attempts in 2012. If he wins the job, but misses some big field goals during the regular season, the Bills could look to Hopkins, who is a much cheaper option.