Vanderjagt off to bad start
The Cowboys might soon be lamenting the inability to keep Matt Bryant in the offseason, writes Len Pasquarelli.
The feeling was that Bryant, coming off a resurgent season in which he converted 21 of 25 field goal attempts, would provide stability on placements and kickoffs. Cowboys' officials felt Bryant was perhaps ready to emerge as a very dependable kicker and that, while he would cost the team more than it had invested on kickers in recent years, he still wouldn't break the bank.
But when the Cowboys didn't close the deal with Bryant, things spun out of control, as they often have with the Dallas kicking game of late. The Cowboys didn't jump into the Adam Vinatieri or Ryan Longwell pursuits, and ended up signing Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate field goal kicker in league history, but a guy who hasn't handled kickoffs for three years and who has been a lightning rod of sorts. And they did something owner Jerry Jones has never done, shell out big money, including a $2.5 million signing bonus, for a kicker.