Les Snead knows that since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012, Greg Zuerlein had been the starting kicker for the Los Angeles (formerly St. Louis) Rams. In those eight seasons, ‘Greg The Leg’ has provided the Rams offense with consistency and has given the team the privilege of having a top-tier kicker in the NFL.
However, with Zuerlein signing with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason on a three-year deal worth $7.5 million, the Rams find themselves with uncertainty regarding the kicking position for the first time in years.
“I would be lying if I said it’s not a concern,” Rams General Manager Les Snead said on a conference call Monday.
Moving on from your starting kicker of nearly a decade is obviously difficult, but Snead is searching for a similar player to Zuerlein and is looking for a long-time replacement with the Rams, rather than a short-term stopgap.
“But we’re definitely diving into that part of the pool and in the process of hopefully finding someone similar to Greg – and by similar I mean someone that can be around a long time because with Greg, he had some superpowers. His ability to kick from 50-plus was a superpower that you can’t put that on just anyone,” Snead said.
Zuerlein was arguably the best kicker in the NFL in 2017 when he was named a First-Team All-Pro for the Rams. He was just as good in 2018 before he was shut down for the last five games of the season after suffering a groin injury.
However, the 32-year-old kicker couldn’t keep his All-Pro production up last season for the Rams, as he missed nine field goals (24-33) — his second-lowest field goal percentage of his career. However, known for his incredible leg strength, Zuerlein did go 5-7 on field goals over 50 yards with a long 58 yards.