Buffalo Bills to talk contract with Dan Carpenter, Brian Moorman

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Monday that the team will be working to re-sign both of their kicking specialists, Dan Carpenter and Brian Moorman.

Speaking at a year-end press conference on Monday afternoon, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley told reporters that he and his front office staff planned on approaching the agents of two players that the team would like to retain: kicker Dan Carpenter and punter Brian Moorman.

The news is hardly surprising on Carpenter's end, given that the street free agent signed just prior to Week 1 went on to tie Steve Christie's team mark for most field goals made in a season. Carpenter was outstanding in 2013, connecting on 33-of-36 field goal tries, including 4-of-6 attempts from 50 yards and beyond. The Bills would be crazy to let him walk after a year like that, and Whaley was quick to admit that the Bills would be reaching out to Carpenter's agent in short order.

On the other hand, the fact that the Bills would like to bring Moorman back might catch some by surprise. Buffalo signed Moorman earlier this season after their project punter, Shawn Powell, flopped spectacularly in his first five games. Moorman, who will turn 38 in February, was up and down in his 11 games with the Bills this season, averaging 41.2 yards per punt and pinning five kicks inside the 10-yard line. Presumably, the Bills would also bring in another punter to compete with Moorman, just as they'd have Dustin Hopkins to compete with Carpenter for the kicking job.

Meanwhile, head coach Doug Marrone would not comment on the job security of special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, though he did talk about the Bills' need to add several more "core specialists" to players like Marcus Easley as a means to improvement in that phase of the game.

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