In 2019, kicking was a major issue for the Cowboys in the middle of the season. But heading into 2020, it looks like they’ve found someone to shore up the placekicking duties.
According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, the Cowboys are signing free agent kicker Greg Zuerlein. Per the report, they are giving the former All-Pro kicker a three-year deal worth $7.5 million. The move also reunites Zuerlein with special teams coordinator John Fassel, who held the same role with the Rams from 2012 to 2019.
Zuerlein earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors in 2017 after making 38 of 40 field goals. The following year, Zuerlein kicked the game-winning field goal in the 2019 NFC Championship Game that sent the Rams to the Super Bowl.
But Zuerlein had a down year in 2019. He converted a career-low 72.7-percent of his field goals, missing nine tries.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 27, 2020
The signing probably means that the Cowboys will be moving on from Kai Forbath. Despite re-signing Forbath earlier this month, Dallas didn’t give him nearly as much money or years on his new deal as they did for Zuerlein.
Perhaps the Cowboys will wind up bringing Zuerlein, Forbath and reserve/future signing Tristan Vizcaino through training camp. But it looks like Zuerlein should have this job in the bag.
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