On a modern episode of the Catch This Fade podcast (pay attention listed here), we mentioned a quick way for the Cowboys to strengthen their team from the 2018 variation by upgrading their particular teams. Just a day later, an prospect may well have just introduced alone. Matt Bryant, longtime kicker of the Atlanta Falcons announced on social media he was becoming produced.
As shortly as that transaction is turned into the league place of work, the Cowboys require to contact him up and offer you him, without having hesitation. Upgrading over Brett Maher is paramount to the enhanced particular teams play that is essential. And for a team which however does not know how a great deal superior they will be at scoring in the crimson zone, the most vital issue they can do is seek the services of a kicker that won’t go away them completely empty-handed on outings inside of the opponent’s 40-property line.
Bryant experienced two years remaining on his offer with Atlanta, and they have been really costly years. His 2019 base wage was over $2.4 million, but he also experienced a roster bonus owing this spring of a further $1 million. He was heading to count practically $4.2 million towards the Falcons’ cap.
Maher was a person of the league’s worst kickers in spite of placing the Dallas franchise history for longest industry purpose ever at 62 yards. He only strike 80 per cent of his kicks, ranking No. 25 in the complete league.
Bryant strike 95.2 per cent, third greatest in the league. He was also perfect from 40-49 yards, and 4 for 5 from over 50 yards.
Absolutely sure, Maher has a significant leg, but he definitively is what he is. His college vocation share was 78. His CFL vocation share was 78. His NFL share was 80. He’s not superior.
Maher has no lifeless cash if he is produced, which implies upgrading from him won’t price tag Dallas anything at all but the new wage, and Dallas is projected to have over $51 million of cap place arrive March.
Around the past 6 years of a 16-year vocation, Bryant has only experienced a person lousy year, in 2015 when he concluded considerably less than 78% of his kicks. Other than that, he’s strike 88.6, 92.5, 90.6, 88.9 in his past 5 seasons in addition to past year’s 95.2. He’s strike 88.7 per cent of his kicks over the past decade.
He will definitely command interest on the marketplace, and there may well even be a bidding war, but the Cowboys should definitely seem to clear away any doubt from their life when it is time to trot out a kicker and see if Bryant has interest in becoming a member of Dallas. Just simply because they require to kick considerably less industry plans, does not signify they shouldn’t have the utmost assurance when they do require a person.