Cowboys, kicker Greg Zuerlein agree on 3-year, $7.5M deal

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing two proven kickers for a change in the off season.

Cowboys and kicker Greg Zuerlein agreed to a three-year contract for $ 7.5 million on Friday, with a $ 2.3 million guarantee.

The deal with Zuerlein comes just days after the Cowboys re-signed Kai Forbath, who made all 10 kicks last season after replacing the shaky Brett Maher.

“Greg the Leg” had problems similar to Maher in the last eight seasons with the Rams in 2019. Zuerlein was strong from 50 meters but struggled with shorter kicks.

The 32-year-old player’s accuracy has declined in the two seasons since he reached a record 40 attempts in 40 attempts in 2017, when Los Angeles reached the Super Bowl.

When Dan Bailey took the job in Dallas eight years ago, there was never much drama with the kicking competition before Bailey was surprisingly replaced by Maher at the end of the preseason in 2018.

Maher, who had no proven competition last season, became the first NFL kicker with three field goals of at least 60 meters. But the Cowboys had to dump him after 13 games in his second season last year. He still led the NFL with 10 misses, six of which were less than 50 meters.

Zuerlein was second against Maher in misses last season with nine, including six misses in the 40-49 range. But he has made 15 of the 20 kicks from 50 yards and beyond in the past three seasons and has one of the strongest legs in the NFL.

The move to Dallas is also a reunion for Zuerlein with John Fassel, his special team coach for all eight seasons with the Rams. Fassel left Los Angeles to join Dallas coach Mike McCarthy’s new staff.

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