Free agent series: Kickers

March, 3, 2010
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Today is Day 3 of our free agent series. We look at an area that is a concern: kicking.

[+] EnlargeDavid Buehler
Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesDavid Buehler will try to add field goals to his kickoff duties.
The Cowboys struggled in the kicking game last season. They cut Nick Folk after he led the NFL with 10 missed kicks. Shaun Suisham was signed and went 2-for-3 during the regular season, but Suisham missed two field goal attempts in the playoff loss to Minnesota. The Cowboys are back to square one with David Buehler and Connor Hughes, who will battle for the job.

The free agents: Shaun Suisham is a restricted free agent.

Should they bring him back? The team has no plans to do so. When Suisham left Valley Ranch following the season he said he wasn't sure if he would return.

What the Cowboys should do? Dallas is going to hope Buehler or Hughes can take over the field goal duties. Chris Boniol was hired as a consulant for Buehler, who was a kickoff specalist last year.

Who else is out there? Jerry Jones basically said the team won't go into free agency and sign a kicker. Matt Stover, a Lake Highlands High School grad, is an unrestricted free agent and could finish his career in Dallas. It appears doubtful.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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