The Dallas Cowboys are expected to complete a multitude of moves in the offseason, including at the kicker position.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was in attendance for Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices, hinted that the team will not push to re-sign Brett Maher.
“We are back to the drawing board,” Jones said.
The Cowboys opted to bring back Maher last August amid their uncertainty at the kicker position over training camp. Maher went on to win the starting kicker job for Dallas, and he did not look back in the regular season. He connected on 90.6 percent of his field goal attempts in regular season play, and he only missed a mere three extra points.
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Maher had a day to forget in the Cowboys’ NFC wild-card round win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he became the first kicker in NFL history to miss four PATs in a game.
Jones noted a day after the contest that he would “read this thing as the week goes along.”
“Now, over to our kicker,” Jones said. “This is a classic case of looking at what he’s done for this team and done on the field all year, not just last night.
“But kicking is a technical thing. It has everything to do with the — just frankly, mentally having it all together when you step up there. And, so, we’ll read this thing as the week goes along. I don’t want to get out over our skis and get ahead of it. I thought when he came out at halftime, watched him warm up out there. He was making all the kicks. I figured that was behind him, but we will take a look at it.”
While the Cowboys did sign kicker Tristan Vizcaino to their practice squad ahead of their NFC divisional round clash against the San Francisco 49ers, they elected to stick with Maher for the playoff showdown. The soon-to-be free agent drilled both of his field goal attempts against the 49ers, but his lone PAT of the game was blocked in the second quarter.
Multiple notable kickers will hit free agency in March, including Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould.