Dan Bailey earned kicking job

Unlike last season, there will be no competition for field goals heading into 2012

Updated: June 8, 2012, 12:38 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- There was some uneasiness about who the Dallas Cowboys' field goal kicker would be in 2011. It was mainly a battle between the lovable David Buehler, who could cover a kickoff almost as well as he made field goals, and Dan Bailey, a rookie, who didn't look like he needed a razor to shave just yet.

The Cowboys brought in other veterans, but Bailey and Buehler stuck around. When the 2011 season ended, Buehler was nursing a nasty groin injury that required surgery and Bailey ...

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