Cowboys Waive Brett Maher, Sign Kai Forbath

The Cowboys are making a change at kicker. Dallas has waived Brett Maher and is signing Kai Forbath, per a team announcement.

In the wake of Maher’s struggles in 2019, the Cowboys worked out three kickers last week, but they elected to give Maher another shot. Unfortunately, Maher missed a field goal attempt in the team’s loss to the Bears on Thursday, so Dallas hosted another workout today. Forbath was obviously one of the three kickers the team brought in, along with Nick Rose and Tristan Vizcaino (Rose and Vizcaino were also part of last week’s audition).

Forbath has much more experience than his fellow tryout candidates, which obviously appeals to the Cowboys. Over parts of seven seasons with five different clubs, Forbath has a strong 85.8% success rate on field goal attempts. He kicked for the Patriots last week as a one-game fill-in for Nick Folk, making a 23-yard field goal attempt and going 1-2 on extra points.

Maher, meanwhile, hits the waiver wire after he was unable to replicate his solid 2018 performance. He converted just 66.7% of his field goal tries in 2019, and he missed all but one of his five tries from 40-49 yards. The Cowboys, in the thick of a division title race, exercised as much patience as they could but ultimately were compelled to move on.

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  1. I am just curious, is it just with closer games kickers are getting more closely looked at or did something change with the way kickers are now a days.

    Years ago, kickers rarely got cut and now multiple are cut weekly and there are a ton more misses. Maybe a change in the football they use? I cant think moving the extra point back to chip shot range made that huge of a difference on how much they kick a game or were the kickers that much better back them?

    • fieldsj2

      I think moving the extra point has really messed with these kickers heads. You hardly ever seen a kicker miss a 30yd field.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Good comment Roll. Years ago kickers had a very predicable routine that aided their preparation. Today it’s tougher for a kicker because he has multiple field surfaces to deal with, the noise of Domed stadiums, a schedule that might have him playing on a Thursday or Monday night in addition to Sunday. Let’s also remember that it takes 3 players to make a kick successful so it isn’t always the kicker at fault…although the stats always place the blame on him.

  2. snotrocket

    If they squeeze into the playoffs (which would be a complete joke considering they suck) they will get bounced immediately.

    • crosseyedlemon

      We all know your just saying that so you can get a date with that cute Texan gal at work.

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