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Cowboys Rumors: Brett Maher Agrees to Contract; Will Compete for Kicker Job

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2022

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The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly signing veteran kicker Brett Maher and releasing rookie Jonathan Garibay on Tuesday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

That will set up a kicker competition between Maher and Lirim Hajrullahu.

It won't be Maher's first rodeo with the Cowboys.

The 32-year-old was with the team during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and it didn't go particularly well, as he made just 65 of his 84 field-goal attempts.

The Cowboys replaced Maher with Greg Zuerlein, who missed 13 field goals and nine extra points over the past two seasons.

Suffice to say, the news that the team was signing Maher was not met with optimism:

RJ Ochoa @rjochoa

It is literally a step BACKWARDS for the Cowboys to even *consider* bringing in Brett Maher.<br><br>I have no idea why they are hellbent on doing everything that they can to avoid improving the kicking game.

RJ Ochoa @rjochoa

Jerry Jones said *last Saturday* that he wanted consistency on extra points from the Dallas Cowboys kickers.<br><br>The Cowboys moved on from Greg Zuerlein this offseason and now feel Brett Maher is a possible answer.<br><br>Maher was a less accurate extra point kicker in 2021 than Zuerlein.

Mike Piellucci @mikelikessports

Working out Brett Maher is a pretty good indication the Cowboys absolutely do not listen to and/or do not care about the court of public opinion. <a href="https://t.co/j8ivKlNbJm">https://t.co/j8ivKlNbJm</a>

After spending the 2020 season on the practice squad with the New York Jets, Washington Commanders, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, Maher spent half the 2021 season with the New Orleans Saints, finishing 16-of-18 on field goals in eight games and 10-of-12 on extra points.

It was an improvement from his Dallas days, though concerned Cowboys fans should note that Hajrullahu is still in the running:

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

Cowboys kicker Lirim Hajrullahu made 12-of-13 field goals in his longest single period of live work of training camp. His final make from 45 featured a fortuitous bounce. Brett Maher already kicked this morning. <a href="https://t.co/YbFyO2bbHg">https://t.co/YbFyO2bbHg</a> <a href="https://t.co/eIDk5rM7J0">pic.twitter.com/eIDk5rM7J0</a>

Patrik [No C] Walker @VoiceOfTheStar

Lirim Hajrullahu got the memo. We will see how he does in Mojo Moments but he was absolutely lethal from all distances to begin practice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> <br><br>Your move, Brett.

Hajrullahu, 32, has appeared in four NFL games during his career between the Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, all in the 2021 season. He finished 4-of-5 on field goals and made all eight of his extra-point attempts.

So it's a kicking competition in Dallas, albeit between a player who struggled during his time with the team and a player who has barely any NFL experience. It's probably safe to call kicker a potential concern for the Cowboys heading into the 2022 campaign.

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