The Cowboys currently have just one kicker on their roster (Tristan Vizcaino), but that total will increase in the near future. Dallas chose not to make an addition at the position during the draft, meaning one or more veteran signings should be expected.
Kicker was not an area of concern during the regular season in 2022, with Brett Maher winning a preseason competition and enjoying a consistent campaign. The former CFLer went 29-for-32 on field goals, good for a career-best 90.6% conversion rate. He also missed only three of a league-high 53 extra point attempts, though things changed dramatically in the postseason.
Maher missed four straight PATs during the Cowboys’ wild-card win over the Buccaneers, leading to the addition of Vizcaino. His playoff struggles would seem to suggest Maher’s second Cowboys stint would be coming to a close with either the latter or a rookie taking on the full-time kicking position, but that may not be the case. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently confirmed that all options remain open at this point with Maher and others.
“Obviously, we want to come up with the best solution that we can there, but we didn’t get the kicker opportunity that we thought we might get in the draft,” Jones added, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. “And we had other priorities when we had a chance to get it. We took somebody else obviously.”
Three kickers heard their names called last weekend, but a number of options remain available amongst undrafted prospects. The Cowboys have yet to announce their UDFA class, but it would thus come as no surprise if one or more kickers were included in it this year. As far as veterans are concerned, the likes of Robbie Gould, Mason Crosby and Randy Bullock are available to sign at any time. How Maher plays into the Cowboys’ next kicking competition (if at all) will be worth monitoring as the rest of the offseason takes shape.