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Posted: Tuesday, 11 March 2014 4:35PM

Bills re-sign K Dan Carpenter to 4-year deal

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Bills have made their first strike in free agency, and it was to re-sign one of their own.
Just moments into him becoming an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team, the Bills struck a deal with Carpenter to make him the team's kicker for the foreseeable future. The two sides agreed on a four-year contract to keep him in Buffalo.

"Even when I was playing against Buffalo in my Miami days I’ve always recognized how great the fans have been here and their support of the Bills," Carpenter said Tuesday. "For us it was a no brainer to come back to Buffalo. We were comfortable and loved it here last year. To be able to go back somewhere and be wanted where you would like to go, you’re very fortunate in this league for that to happen. We’re very happy to be here and excited to see where it goes."

Carpenter hit 91.7-percent of his field goal attempts, a career high, in 2013 after signing a veteran minimum one-year contract. The opportunity arose after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins went down with a groin injury in the week leading up to the regular season.

Hopkins ended up going on the Injured Reserve, while Carpenter established Buffalo as his NFL home for quite some time. It's a stark contrast from last season, when Carpenter was released by multiple teams before landing with the Bills in 2013.

"It feels great to know in March where we’re going to be," Carpenter said." I can move my family up here, we can get settled in well before the season has started and that way once the season comes around and everything I can focus on nothing but football and anything I can do to help this team win."

Carpenter has hit 83.8-percent of his career 191 attempts throughout his six years in the NFL.

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