Nate Kaeding signs with the Miami Dolphins
Kaeding tacks two games onto his season
Some NFL guys go from Buffalo to Cleveland. Nate Kaeding is going from San Diego to Miami.
The ninth-year NFL kicker from Iowa was a free agent for the last several weeks after getting waived on Oct. 30 by the San Diego Chargers. He'll finish up this season with the Miami Dolphins.
Miami needed a kicker because Dan Carpenter went on injured reserve with a groin injury. Coincidentally, that's the injury that sidelined Kaeding this season, after he had gotten off to a great start.
Kaeding was 7-for-7 in field goals through three games before his injury. He is 180-for-207 in his career, for an NFL regular-season record 87 percent. He is a two-time Pro Bowler.
This strikes me as a good move for Kaeding. Instead of having been on the kicking shelf for three months, he can give some end-of-season impressions to NFL executives around the league, including right there in Miami. If he looks like his old self in these two weeks, he'll find a good football home in the off-season.
Miami's final two games are Sunday at home against Buffalo and Dec. 30 at New England. The Dolphins are 6-8 and have a 2.3 percent chance of making the AFC playoffs.
"I feel very healthy and I'm looking forward to playing these next couple of games," Kaeding told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.