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Monday, August 29, 2011
Could Cowboys go young at kicker too?

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- One aspect of the changes along the offensive line this summer for the Cowboys has been economical. They simply did not want to pay millions to veterans they deemed to have little left.

Could they go “young” at kicker as well?

The evidence might say otherwise with the recent addition of Shayne Graham and the audition Dave Rayner will have this week, but it is possible undrafted rookie Dan Bailey will be the team’s kicker for the Sept. 11 season opener at the New York Jets.

The Cowboys went the young route last year with David Buehler and he missed crucial field goal tries in at least three games and also had a point-after attempt hit the upright that cost them the Arizona game.

Jason Garrett talks about situational football and how close the games are each week in the NFL, so it would make sense they would look at a more veteran option. Graham has made 86 percent of his kicks in the regular season. Rayner has made 73%.

But the economics could play into it. Graham would make $910,000; Rayner would make $550,000 and Bailey would make $375,000.