Dolphins signing ex-Panthers punter Michael Palardy, who likely replaces Matt Haack
How much is a yard worth in the NFL? Enough that the Dolphins are signing veteran punter Michael Palardy, a league source confirmed Friday, in a move that apparently spells the end of Matt Haack’s time in Miami.
Palardy, who attended St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, has averaged 40.7 net yards per punt in his three most recent seasons. Haack is the Dolphins’ all-time leader with a net average of 39.9.
Palardy, who turns 29 in July, did not play last season after tearing his ACL in the offseason and undergoing surgery. In 2018, the Carolina Panthers signed him to a three-year, $7.52 million extension, a reward for a career average that now stands at 45.3.
Haack’s career average is 44.7.
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But Palardy, a left-footed punter, was released by the Panthers in February in a cost-cutting move and reportedly was to visit the Buffalo Bills early this month.
Haack, who joined the Dolphins in 2017, is due to become a free agent next week.
Haack’s legacy with the Dolphins is secure, however. Late in the 2019 season, he executed a fake field-goal attempt and threw a touchdown pass out of a unique formation to kicker Jason Sanders. The play, called “Mountaineer Shot,” was voted the NFL’s play of the year.
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Palardy eventually gained a foothold in the NFL after stops in a handful of NFL camps and even the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 2016. Finally, in 2017, he beat out Andy Lee for the Panthers’ job and quickly was labeled a “field-flipping weapon” by the Charlotte Observer.
"I'm not concerned with numbers," Palardy told the Observer. "I'm concerned with putting the team where it needs to be and putting the team in a good position to win games."