Bills re-sign K Carpenter to 4-year deal, Kolb cut
By JOHN WAWROW — Mar. 11, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A concussion that has kept quarterback Kevin Kolb sidelined since August, cost him his job with the Buffalo Bills.
Without going into detail, general manager Doug Whaley announced
Tuesday the team released Kolb after he failed a physical.
The move came shortly after the start of the NFL's free agency period
and a few days before Kolb was due a bonus as part of the two-year
contract he signed with Buffalo in April. Now there are questions
whether Kolb's career might be over after he sustained what was at
least his third concussion in seven seasons.
The latest occurred during the first quarter of a 30-7 preseason loss
at Washington on Aug. 24, when Kolb was kneed in the back of the head
at the end of a scramble. Diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, Kolb
was placed on injured reserve a week later and spent much of the season
recovering at his home in Texas.
Buffalo signed Kolb to provide veteran experience and leadership behind
rookie starter E.J. Manuel.
The Bills made two moves in free agency by re-signing veteran kicker
Dan Carpenter, who signed a four-year contract, and tight end Mike Caussin.
Carpenter returns to Buffalo after what proved to be a successful
one-year tryout as an injury replacement after rookie sixth-round draft
pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin six days before the season opener.
The sixth-year player proceeded to enjoy a career year. Carpenter's 33
field goals were a career high and tied the Bills' single-season record
set by Steve Christie in 1998.
Carpenter's return leaves Hopkins' future uncertain.
Carpenter was so eager to re-sign with the Bills that he, his wife
Kaela and son Colby arrived at the team's headquarters to complete
negotiations after traveling from his home in Florida on Tuesday. Under
NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before
free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league
"I don't think we would have got on the plane if we didn't think there
was a future here in Buffalo," Carpenter said. "For us, it was a
no-brainer to come back to Buffalo. We were comfortable and loved it
here last year."
The signing ends what was a tumultuous stretch for Carpenter, who took
a circuitous route to Buffalo after spending his first five seasons
with the Miami Dolphins.
Carpenter's contract was terminated by the Dolphins in mid-August, and
he failed to land a job in two brief stints with Arizona and the New York Jets. Carpenter was on his way for a tryout with Cleveland before
making a detour to Buffalo.
"To be able to go back somewhere and be wanted is where you would like
to go," he said. "You're very fortunate in this league for that to
A 2009 Pro Bowl selection, Carpenter provided Buffalo a veteran and
He hit 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including 29 of 30 from inside 50
yards last season. With a 91.67 percent success rate, Carpenter fell
just short of breaking Rian Lindell's single-season record of 92
percent (23 of 25) set in 2006. And Carpenter's 131 points ranked third
on the Bills single-season list.
Overall, his 160 field goals since 2008 rank fourth among kickers
during that span.
Caussin returns after he was eligible to become a restricted free
agent, and despite missing the past two seasons because of injuries. He
was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training
camp, and missed 2012 because of a knee injury.
Caussin had five catches for 41 yards in six games, including two
starts, with Buffalo in 2011 after being promoted off the team's
practice squad. He broke into the NFL with Jacksonville in 2010 as an
undrafted free agent, but did not play a game with the Jaguars.
The Bills have a need at tight end, with starter Scott Chandler
becoming a free agent.
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