MIAMI GARDENS — Cody Parkey wants to stay a Miami Dolphin and, of course, Miami would love to have him.
Now they just have to work out the small stuff.
Parkey, of Jupiter fame, tied Jay Feely for the club record of 91.3 percent field goal accuracy on Sunday.
Parkey made his only field goal, so he ended the regular season 21-of-23.
“I was pretty successful, as statistically it was my best year in the NFL,” Parkey said. “I do believe Jay Feely was the (lone) holder of the record before this. So if there is one common denominator it’s #92 (long snapper) John Denney. That guy puts it right there. And (punter) Matt (Haack) does a great job of holding for me. And the field goal protection team did a great job. We didn’t get one blocked this year and that’s huge.”
Parkey set another record on Sunday, converting his fourth onside kick. According to records, dating back to 1997, the Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to successfully convert four onside kicks in a season.
“Obviously my guys doing a good job of helping me recover those balls,” Parkey said. “Just going out and practicing. I was doing those almost five times a week. We have a lot of off time, it is what it is as a kicker, so why not hit a few onsides kicks? (Special teams coach Darren) Rizzi was really creative with the ways we would do it. Keep them guessing. Just an awesome job by the team and coach Rizzi for scheming it up.”
Parkey was the NFL’s 22nd-highest paid kicker this season, at $690,000.
The 16th-highest paid kicker, Greg Zuerlein, made $1.6 million this season. So it’s certainly possible Parkey could command $1 million or more as a free agent.
“I don’t know,” Parkey said. “I kind of leave that up to God, to be honest. Everything happens for a reason. And so I want to be here, obviously. So hopefully we can work something out. But I’ll leave that to my agent. That’s why I have him. Hopefully I’m here next year. And everything goes well. And I plan to be.”