It may not be the firing fans were hoping for, but it’s a step in the right direction. Dallas Cowboys release kicker Brett Maher after another forgettable outing. The team announced they have signed veteran kicker Kai Forbath.
Out With the Old, In With the New
In 2018, mere moments before the league deadline, the Dallas Cowboys cut their best kicker in franchise history. Dan Bailey was replaced by Brett Maher in a move that saved the Cowboys 3.4-million dollars is cap-space. Bailey had three years remaining on his seven-year 22.5-million extension signed in 2014.
Suffering from a previous groin injury, Bailey’s accuracy waned upon his return to the team. Finishing 2017 with a career-low 75-percent field goal completion and his only two missed extra points up to that point, Dallas decided it was time to start fresh and go the young kicker with a big leg.
Only in his second year, Maher went from being a reliable replacement to drawing the ire and hate from fans across the nation. Maher has had a forgettable 2019 season and ends his Cowboys tenure with just 66% of his attempts made this year. Missing multiple field goals in the last two games, Jerry Jones had seen enough as both games were nationally televised.
The Veteran Replacement
The Cowboys may not be getting the same leg strength as Maher with Kai Forbath, as he has only completed 11-of-18 of attempts that are 50-plus yards. However, Forbath does boast an impressive 86% completion rate from 40-49 yards. Over the last three seasons, he is 11-of-12 from this distance and brings veteran experience in his eight-year. Forbath last kicked in week 12 this season for New England while filling in for an injured Nick Folk. He made his sole field-goal attempt while going 1-for-2 on extra-point attempts. Dallas hopes Forbath can bring more consistency to their field goal unit as Maher missed a league-leading 10 field goal attempts this year in 13 games.
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