When Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday morning that he was ready to go make a decision on the kickers they tried out right after the press conference was over, he wasn’t joking.

Minutes after the presser was over, reports emerged on the Cowboys striking a deal with free agent Brett Maher. The 32-year-old kicker reunites with the team that released him in 2019 due to accuracy concerns.

After kicking for 81% in 2018, Maher’s production went down significantly in his second season with the Cowboys. He finished that year with a poor 67% rate including a disastrous 5-for-13 mark in attempts over 40 yards, per Pro Football Reference.

Maher spent the late portion of the 2021 season with the New Orleans Saints, where he was good for 89% in an 18-attempt sample size.

It’s fair to say that a shake-up was needed as Jonathan Garibay’s struggles didn’t get better throughout the summer. Garibay was barely maintaining his tally over 50% and wasn’t able to settle down while Hajrullahu did. The Texas Tech product has talent, however, and he’ll be a guy the Cowboys could keep an eye on moving forward.

For now, you could argue that Hajrullahu remains the favorite for the starting role. He’s getting more consistent, going 7-for-7 on Monday and 8-for-11 on Saturday. You can read more about Hajrullahu’s story from last year’s article here.

And in case you’re wondering, Maher is getting Amari Cooper’s number. The kicker will wear #19.

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