Raiders add ‘camp leg’ by re-signing Eddy Carmona

4/30/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Oakland Raiders brought in a ‘camp leg’ for this summer by re-signing free agent kicker Eddy Carmona, team general manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move on Tuesday.
Eddy Carmona spent last season out of football after being released by the Oakland Raiders in the final roster cuts on Aug. 31.The Oakland Raiders originally signed on Eddy Carmona as an undrafted rookie free agent last offseason as he took some of the workload from mainstay Sebastian Janikowski (who was coming off a Pro Bowl season) during training camp and preseason.
Eddy Carmona still impressed last year as he converted on 3-for-4 field-goal attempt, including a 53 yard kick against Arizona Cardinals and a 56 yard kick against Detroit Lions last preseason. Meanwhile, Sebastian Janikowski notched a career-high 91.2 connection rate last season, after making 31 of 34 field goals attempts with a long of 57 and hitting all 25 extra points.
The 24-year-old Eddy Carmona is again expected to serve in a similar capacity, with Sebastian Janikowski slated as the franchise kicker after 13-years with the Oakland Raiders. Moreover, both Eddy Carmona and Sebastian Janikowski are left footed which will undoubtedly offer some consistency to the holder during the process.
Its standard practice for teams to bring two kickers into training camp to offer relief to their top guy from some of his kicking duties, while providing insurance in case their main kicker gets injured between now and the regular season.
But it should be noted that Sebastian Janikowski is entering the final year of his contract with a $3.8 million for this season, which stands for a salary cap hit of $5.1 million. While there may be not be any truth to the notion the Oakland Raiders might cut ties with Sebastian Janikowski to clear $4 million in salary cap space, the picture still might change for Eddy Carmona in the long-run. If Eddy Carmona can post a solid training camp and preseason campaign, he just might be able to find a starting role with another team down the stretch.
The former Harding University (Arkansas product) Eddy Curry was on the radar of several NFL teams this offseason, with the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers included in the list of interested teams.
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