Cowboys release Brett Maher
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dallas Cowboys have released kicker Brett Maher on Monday. In a corresponding move, the team signed free agent kicker Kai Forbath.
“We decided to give Brett an opportunity this week,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said after the loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. “It didn’t work out.”
Maher missed his 10th field goal of the season against the Bears on national television. He went 1 of 2 against the Bears in his final game with the Cowboys.
In his final two games with the Cowboys, including their Thanksgiving Day game, he has gone 1 of 4. The lone field goal that he made during this stretch was a 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in Thursday’s game.
The 30-year-old Kearney, Nebraska native spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys. However, this season, he has gone just 20 of 30 for 66.7% on attempts.
He was perfect between 20 of 29 while going 9 of 9. However, outside of 30 yards, things have been a disaster.
Maher went six of eight from 30 of 39 yards. He also went 1 of 5 between 40 of 49 yards and four of eight between 50+ yards.
Despite missing field goal attempts, he was a perfect 36 of 36 in extra point attempts.
The 32-year-old Santa Monica, California native joins his second team during the 2019 season. He previously played in one game with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots signed Forbath after Nick Folk had an appendectomy. Once he was healthy again, the Patriots released Forbath to sign Folk once again.
Forbath went one of two in attempts this season. He made a 23-yard field goal in the Patriots 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans.