Carpenter agreed to lower his 2016 base salary from $2.025 million to $1.775 million, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. A candidate to be released, Carpenter had to make some concessions if he wanted to stick with Buffalo. In addition to a $250,000 pay cut that can be recouped through incentives, he also agreed to move his upcoming $250,000 roster bonus back to September. Carpenter will still have to fend off competition for his job, as last season's 85.2 percent conversion rate on field goals would look a whole lot better if he hadn't missed six extra points.
Updating a previous report, Carpenter has not yet been released by the Bills, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. The team still has a lot of cap maneuvering to do and people that follow the Bills are well aware that coach Rex Ryan was less than thrilled with Carpenter's kicking last season, so Carpenter is far from a lock to stay with the team.
Carpenter has been released by the Bills, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. If it wasn't for the new PAT rule Carpenter might still be a Bill, but he somehow missed six of them in 2015. Given his salary as a veteran kicker, his previous strong seasons weren't enough for the cash-strapped Bills, who will likely let big-leg Jordan Gay compete with someone else for the kicking duties in 2016.
Carpenter finished the season with 103 points, connecting on 23 of his 27 field-goal attempts and going 34 of 40 on extra point attempts. Carpenter had the fewest field-goal attempts (27) and worst field-goal percentage (85.2) this season in his three-year stint with the Bills. He also missed six extra point attempts, giving him the second worst percentage in the league. He is under contract through the 2017 season.
Following another shaky performance - which included his fifth missed extra point of the season - coach Rex Ryan says he's sticking with Carpenter based on his solid track record of kicking well in poor weather conditions, BuffaloBills.com reports. "We've got a veteran kicker that you guys know he can kick the conditions," said Ryan on Monday. "Not everybody can do that. I think obviously the one kick you can't kick it better than he kicked it, the 50-yarder. So you know that is fine." We're not sure Ryan would have been so nice had the Bills lost in part to Carpenter's two missed kicks Sunday. We actually think the coach was a bit harsh on the veteran in the preseason, but now that the season has rolled on we're starting to wonder why Carpenter can't get it right on extra points. With the playoff race so tight, another missed kick could cost the Bills their season. That said, Carpenter has proven he can kick in the nasty Buffalo weather, so there's something to be said about not bringing in a new guy and throwing another variable into the equation, one where the Bills have almost no wiggle room.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||New York Jets||11||6.94|
|4||10/02||@New England Patriots||6||6.56|
|5||10/09||@Los Angeles Rams||29||8.50|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||6||6.56|
|17||01/01||@New York Jets||11||6.94|