Bills sign kicker Dan Carpenter

Updated: September 3, 2013, 1:50 PM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPN.com

The Buffalo Bills signed kicker Dan Carpenter on Tuesday.

Carpenter has been well-traveled in recent weeks, signing with the Arizona Cardinals and later the New York Jets after being released by the Miami Dolphins on Aug 14.

The former Pro Bowl kicker was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and he spent five seasons in Miami.

Carpenter will likely replace rookie Dustin Hopkins in Buffalo. Hopkins, a sixth-round pick, was the only kicker on the Bills' roster after they released veteran Rian Lindell last month.

Hopkins was 6-for-6 on his field goals and perfect on his extra points this preseason. Hopkins, however, injured his groin at practice, sources told ESPN, and with Cleveland showing interest in Carpenter, the Bills swooped in.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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