The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter after coach Bruce Arians used the word "unacceptable" to describe the 30-yard try Jay Feely missed during the team's most recent exhibition game.
Feely connected from 22, 25, 40 and 53 yards in that game, accounting for all the Cardinals' points in a 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Feely is 37 years old. Carpenter is 27. Both had kickoff touchback rates of 46 percent last season even though Carpenter averaged nearly 2 additional yards per kickoff. The touchback rate was 47 percent for Carpenter (24 of 51) and 31 percent for Feely (5 of 16) in games played outdoors. The Cardinals are scheduled to play six games outdoors this season. They played five outdoors last season.
The chart compares 2012 field-goal accuracy by distance for Carpenter and other notable kickers with NFC West ties.
The San Francisco 49ers replaced David Akers with Phil Dawson. The Seattle Seahawks recently released Carson Wiggs, who had provided competition for incumbent Steven Hauschka. The St. Louis Rams are committed to Greg Zuerlein.