Andrew Furney
Jets sign WR Austin Hill; release kicker Andrew Furney
Andrew Furney, K, NYJ
7/28/2015
News: The Jets reached a contract agreement with wide receiver Austin Hill on Tuesday, the team announced. Hill was an undrafted free agent.

To make room for Hill on the roster, the Jets parted ways with kicker Andrew Furney.

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Blair Walsh
Vikings sign kicker Blair Walsh to contract extension
Blair Walsh, K, MIN
7/26/2015
News: The Vikings agreed to a contract extension with kicker Blair Walsh on Sunday, the team announced.  The extension is for four years and worth up to $14 million.

"I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings moving forward," Walsh said. "I'd like to thank Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, Coach Zimmer, Coach Priefer and Rob Brzezinski for giving me this opportunity. I'm proud to be able to stay with the team that drafted me coming out of college and I look forward to what is in store for the future of this organization."

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Stephen Gostkowski
Report: Stephen Gostkowski agrees to four-year deal with Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
7/15/2015
News: The Patriots have agreed to a four-year contract with kicker Stephen Gostkowski, according to ESPN. The deal is around $17 million.

Gostkowski was slated to play the 2015 season under the franchise tag. He would have made $4.126 million. The two sides agreed to the contract before the 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday for players under the franchise tag to negotiate long-term deals this year.

The 31-year-old Gostkowski is a three-time Pro Bowler, including the last two seasons. He led the NFL in most points scored in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is eighth on the active scoring list with 1,179 points, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

He has converted 86.8 percent of his field goals in his nine-year career -- all with the Patriots. He has missed just one extra point (450 of 451) in the regular season, with his only miss coming as a rookie in 2006.

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Caleb Sturgis
Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis (quad) not at OTAs
Caleb Sturgis, K, MIA
6/1/2015
News: Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis was not at OTAs on Monday, with reports that he is suffering from a quadriceps injury to his plant leg, per FoxSports.com.

Sturgis will miss the rest of the team's OTA sessions with the injury, reports the Miami Herald. Sturgis was 29-of-37 on field goals last season, and just 9-of-16 from beyond 40 yards. 

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Matt Prater
Lions K Matt Prater not happy about new extra point rule
Matt Prater, K, DET
5/28/2015
News: Lions kicker Matt Prater is concerned that the NFL's new rule moving extra points back to the 15-yard line could have some major effects toward kickers. 

"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."

He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change. 

"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."

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Phil Dawson
Anquan Boldin, five others absent from 49ers OTA practice
Phil Dawson, K, SF
5/21/2015
News: Six players were absent from the 49ers' OTA practice on Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Those not present were wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Bruce Miller, offensive linemen Alex Boone and Anthony Davis, punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson.

OTA practices are voluntary and players are not required to attend.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was also not present though he was given the day off by 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Bowman missed the 2014 season after sustaining an ACL tear during the 2013 playoffs. 

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