Jets lock down ex-Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein
The New York Jets are slowly but surely getting into the 2022 NFL Offseason action. Earlier this week, news broke that Joe Flacco was returning to New York to be Zach Wilson’s backup quarterback. Now, the team is adding talent to its special teams.
The Jets signed former Dallas Cowboys placekicker Greg Zuerlein. The team tweeted the news Saturday morning.
OFFICIAL: Welcome to New York, Greg!
— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 26, 2022
The Cowboys released Zuerlein earlier this month as a part of some early roster spring cleaning. Wide receiver Robert Foster was also released in the cleanup.
The @dallascowboys had the following transactions on Friday:
– Released K Greg Zuerlein
– Released WR Robert Foster
– Waived/Injured TE Blake Jarwin
– Waived DB Reggie Robinson
– Waived RB Ito Smith
— Dallas Cowboys Public Relations (@DallasCowboysPR) March 11, 2022
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Zuerlein was cut this offseason. Cowboys GM Jerry Jones publicized his disappointment in the placekicker last year. “I think the most important part of a kicker is consistency…And it’s not consistently missing,” Jones said, quote courtesy of Marca.
Zuerlein will enter his 11th season in the NFL as a member of the Jets’ roster. The St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams) kicked off his career by selecting him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The placekicker stayed with the Rams until he signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys in 2020. Zuerlein peaked in 2017 as a First-team All-Pro, Pro-Bowler, and NFL scoring leader for special teams.
Last season, Zuerlein struggled to put up numbers for the Cowboys, missing six of his 35 field goal attempts. The 34-year-old was given another chance in New York and will attempt to turn his career around with the Jets.