After a brutal start to the season (missing game-winners against the Jets and Cardinals), Dan Carpenter got his season on track, making 16 of his last 17 kicks. Still, he is due to earn $2.7 million this fall steep for any kicker. The Dolphins are expected to bring in competition, if not a replacement.
Phil Dawson, Cleveland: Ageless wonder (and South Florida native) made 93.5 percent of his kicks last year second best in the NFL. Lawrence Tynes, N.Y. Giants: Can handle the heat. Tynes made game-winning kicks in each of the Giants two recent NFC Championship Game appearances. Shayne Graham, Houston: Ranked in the bottom half league-wide in FG percentage in 2012, but is still the seventh-most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Reggie Bush will almost certainly look and probably sign elsewhere come March 12. And while the Dolphins have two capable backs, neither Lamar Miller nor Daniel Thomas was particularly effective in short-yardage situations. Help needed there.
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh: Was never right after a torn ACL ended his 2011 season, rushing for 182 yards on just 51 carries last season. Shonn Greene, N.Y. Jets: Another likely Jets cap casualty, Greene has missed just three games in four seasons. Felix Jones, Dallas: Couldnt carry the Cowboys run attack after DeMarco Murray got hurt, but could be effective as a change-of-pace threat.