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.
8 comments on “Cowboys Eyeing K Addition, Open To Re-Signing Brett Maher”
The good news for Dallas is Jason Garrett won’t be around to ice kickers who make game winning FGs.
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It’s wild how the league continues to recirculate the same ~40 kickers every year when there’s loads of undrafted guys out there each draft that likely haven’t even had the chance to step foot in a pro facility/tryout.
I don’t think we should be surprised that GMs would rather gamble on a kicker who was at one time consistent rather than on someone with no track record of ever being consistent at the pro level.
If I’m not mistaken, all of these guys came in with no NFL experience at one point. It’s thoughts like that, that keep guys like Will Lutz, Greg Zuerlein, Brandon McManus, etc employed each year.
Just sign Gould already
He would kill it in that dome of theirs. Since he’s NEVER missed a kick in postseason, you’d think King Jerry would look at that kind of insurance as an obvious boost to their miserable playoff record??
Cowboys don’t need a kicker.
Cowboys don’t need a punter.
Jerry Jones has mandated that:
Every drive will end in a touchdown.
Every touchdown will culminate in a successful 2 point conversion.
Every kickoff will just go out of bounds and the defense will shut out their opponents…..
All things are possible for those who keep themselves heavily medicated.