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Dolphins hand Dan Carpenter contract extension

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Earlier this offseason, the Dolphins extended the contracts of long-snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields. Many wondered if fellow special-teamer Dan Carpenter would get a similar extension.

Well he will. Scout.com is reporting that the Dolphins have signed Carpenter to a three year extension that will keep Dan in Miami through the 2013 season. The new deal will pay Carpenter $6.21 million in salary from 2011 through 2013. Dan is scheduled to make $470,000 in 2010.

Carpenter has been very consistent with his field goals through his first two years in the league, connecting on 46 of 53 field goals - including an impressive 27 for 28 on field goal attempts under 40 yards. Last year, Carpenter reached the Pro Bowl thanks, in large part, to improved long-distance field goal kicking. He converted 9 of 11 from over 40 yards in 2009.

Carpenter is also a perfect 3 for 3 in game-winning field goals with under two minutes to play in the game, including the 41 yard field goal with just over a minute left against the Patriots to seal the come-from-behind victory last season.