Wikipedia defines a Placekicker as:
“Placekicker or simply kicker (PK or K), is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points. In many cases, the placekicker also serves as the team’s kickoff specialist (KOS) or, more rarely, punter (P), as well.”
Placekickers are now specialized roles that are crucial to any NFL or professional teams success. Take for example, the Miami Dolphins (4-3) verse Cincinnati Bengals game yesterday and think about the amount of field goals it took to help win that game!
Yesterday Dan Carpenter went 5 for 5 yesterday against the Bengals, and is 10 for 10 in the past two weeks. Carpenter is 2nd in the NFL league for field goals, behind Sebastian Janikowski and imagine that the Dolphins picked him up as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
Dan Carpenter graduated from Montana, and on April 29, 2008 he signed a two year contract with the Miami Dolphins, with a signing bonus of 7,500 dollars. Since then he has proven to the Dolphins his value, and as a result was resigned this July 2010 for four year $6.68 million dollar contract; 2010 $470,00, 2011 $1.005 million, 2012 2.525, 2013 $2.675 and 2014 he will be a free agent.
Carpenter has been crucial to the Miami Dolphins offense this season and has put up a field goal percentage of 90.0 % so far this season and over his last 3 seasons is standing strong at 87.7% Field Goal %.
Makes me wonder what should the payroll of a kicker should be since he is one of the most critical parts to a teams success. If your interested in learning about the pay structure and the breakdown of their compensation please take a gander at:
Dan Carpenter is the lead place kicker in the AFC East with a Field Goal percentage of 90.0%, where Rian Lindell from the Bills is at 75.0 %, Jets Nick Folk is 81.2%, and the Patriots is 76.9%. Guess you Fantasy Football players should have picked a Dolphin huh?
Carpenter was a perfect 100% from 38, 42, 24, a career-best 54 and 31 yards. The five field goals were second-most by a Dolphins kicker – Olindo Mare being first making six against New England in 1999.