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Christie: Bills never relayed offer to help Carpenter

The story of Steve Christie's rebuffed offer to help Dan Carpenter with his kicking took a new turn Wednesday.

Christie, the Buffalo Bills' all-time leading scorer and the best kicker in their history, passed along a message via Facebook to The Buffalo News that he had also sent to Rich "The Bull" Gaenzler of WGRF Radio in Buffalo.

In it, Christie explained that he had a chance to "catch up" with Carpenter on Tuesday, after Christie revealed he had reached out to Bills General Manager Doug Whaley to help Carpenter and was rejected. According to Christie, Carpenter, whom the Bills released Monday, said Christie's public revelation of the offer was "the first time that Dan heard that I had offered my assistance. Nothing was communicated to him as suggested."

A statement, issued by a Bills spokesman Tuesday, said, in part, "We appreciated his offer to assist Dan and that was communicated to him. But we all just felt it was in the best interests to have Dan continue his working relationship with the coaches."

In his message Wednesday, Christie went on to say, "I wished him the best of luck signing with a winning team or one in a domed stadium. He has my contact info now and knows that I'm available to help him if needed. The point here was to help Dan before he was released, not to bury a GM or Coach or as some have implied, getting a job over there. (I'm very happy living in Florida now-post health situation and don't see that changing anytime soon). All the best Bull. Go Bills.


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