Chiefs Sign Kicker Scott Bentley
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Free agent kicker Scott Bentley signed today with the Kansas City Chiefs, who plan to use him as a kickoff specialist.
Bentley has played in three NFL games, one with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and two with Atlanta later that season. As a collegiate kicker at Florida State, Bentley set the ACC career scoring record with 326 points as a four-year starter.
Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham said Monday that he was so unhappy with the distance on kickoffs that he was ready to open up a roster spot for a kickoff specialist.
Pete Stoyanovich, Kansas City’s kicker since 1996, kicked off four times in Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Only one of the kickoffs went inside the 10-yard line, and the Colts’ average starting position after kickoffs was their own 36.
Stoyanovich also missed a 47-yard field goal against the Colts.
The Chiefs released offensive lineman Sammy Williams to make room for Bentley. Williams had been inactive in the last five games for the Chiefs.