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Bills start free agency by re-signing kicker Dan Carpenter, tight end Mike Caussin

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The Buffalo Bills announced a pair of re-signings this afternoon.

The Bills opened their free-agency period by making sure kicker Dan Carpenter will return. They also re-signed tight end Mike Caussin.

Carpenter was an emergency addition five days before the 2013 season began. Then he had one of the greatest kicking seasons in Bills history.

Rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins, a sixth-round pick, beat out veteran Rian Lindell for the job in training camp but suffered a groin injury at the end of the preseason.

Carpenter tied the club record for field goals in a season (33), recorded the second-best field-goal percentage (91.7) and recorded the third-most points (131).

Caussin injured his knee at the end of the 2012 season and didn't recover well enough to play last year. Caussin spent the year on injured reserve.

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