Monday, December 21, 2009
Report: Suisham to try out with Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
The Washington Post reported Sunday that former Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham will audition for the Cowboys on Monday. That's not a huge surprise since the Cowboys are familiar with Suisham, who made 4-of-6 field goals while spending parts of the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Dallas.
Current kicker Nick Folk made a 44-yarder against the Saints but he missed from 24 yards with 2:14 left in the game, allowing the Saints to have a crack at a potential game-tying drive. It's hard to imagine Folk remaining on the team. He has missed more field goals this season than any kicker in the league and he appears to have lost his confidence.
Of course, it was Suisham who missed a 23-yard chip shot against the Saints that would have sealed a win for the Skins. Suisham was 18-of-21 for the Redskins this season, but he missed two attempts against the Cowboys in the Redskins' 7-6 loss last month. I know Suisham pretty well. He is a guy who is dying to atone for what happened against the Saints and Dallas is a comfortable spot for him. He and punter Mat McBriar have remained close since Suisham left Dallas.
Of the options on the street right now, Suisham is at the head of the list. I still think Folk will be a good kicker in this league again but it's probably not going to be with the Cowboys. Jason Reid of The Washington Post suggested that Folk could possibly share some inside information with the Cowboys regarding the Skins' trick plays. But I don't think the Cowboys are that interested in Danny Smith's tricks. They need a kicker who's not in the middle of a meltdown -- and Suisham may be the best option.
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com is reporting that the Cowboys will try out four or five kickers Monday. ESPN's Ed Werder was the first to report Sunday that the Cowboys were leaning toward bringing in other kickers.