Cowboys free brokers 2023: Workforce re-signs kicker Tristan Vizcaino
Brett Maher’s about to grow to be a free agent and that is the clearest signal but that Dallas isn’t bringing him again.
Kicker Tristan Vizcaino by no means took a snap for the Cowboys final season, however he’ll get an opportunity to compete for the job in 2023. Dallas re-signed Vizcaino yesterday, leaving the way forward for Brett Maher much more unsure.
After Maher’s atrocious night time towards Tampa Bay within the first spherical of the playoffs, lacking 4 extra-point makes an attempt, Dallas added Vizcaino to their apply squad in a preemptive transfer for the following recreation towards the 49ers. Maher did sufficient that week to stay the kicker towards San Francisco, however his postseason malaise seemingly undermined a Pro Bowl-worthy season.
After the Cowboys’ playoff exit, Jerry Jones advised the media that the group was “beginning over” at kicker. Whereas that’s primarily been interpreted that Maher’s time was over, it may merely imply that Dallas goes to reopen the competitors and that Maher should still be one of many contenders.
Barring any earlier transfer to launch him, Maher’s contract expires on March fifteenth. Whether or not or not he nonetheless has sufficient associates right here to get a brand new one stays to be seen. Earlier than the playoffs, Maher made 90.6% of his area objectives and went 9-of-11 from 50 yards or extra. It was among the finest years for a kicker in franchise historical past.
No matter occurs with him, Tristan Vizcaino did sufficient in his one week on Dallas’ apply squad to earn additional consideration. An undrafted free agent in 2018, Vizcaino’s been across the block with stints on the Bengals, 49ers, Vikings, Chargers, Payments, Cardinals, and Patriots rosters. He’s principally been a backup, trying simply 12 area objectives thus far within the NFL however not less than making 11 of them.
Vizcaino additionally doubled as a punter throughout his faculty profession on the College of Washington, which is a pleasant facet trait for roster worth.
If this offseason and coaching camp go something like final yr’s, the Cowboys’ kicker in 2023 might not be both of those guys. As you’ll recall, Dallas went into camp with rookie Jonathan Garibay and veteran Lirim Hajrullahu competing for the job. When neither impressed confidence, the Cowboys went again to a well-recognized face and signed Maher just some weeks earlier than the beginning of the season.
Who is aware of what the longer term holds on the kicker place? For now, Tristan Vizcaino is the one one below contract for 2023. However John Fassel could have another guys on his radar, each in free company and the upcoming draft. As for Brett Maher, even now, dismissing him utterly would nonetheless be a daring presumption.