Skip to comments.Cowboys release shaky Vanderjagt, sign Gramatica
Posted on 11/27/2006 3:15:02 PM PST by bkwells
Cowboys release shaky Vanderjagt, sign Gramatica
Mike Vanderjagt's short, but rocky tenure as the Cowboys' kicker is over.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Dallas has released Vanderjagt and signed Martin Gramatica to replace him.
The most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, Vanderjagt, who signed a three-year contract worth nearly $6 million as an unrestricted free agent this spring, has converted only 13 of 18 field goals. That's only two fewer misses in 11 games than the nine-year veteran had in the past three seasons combined.
In his eight seasons with the Colts, a tenure sometimes marked by petulance and marred by a long-standing feud with quarterback Peyton Manning, he converted 87.5 percent of his field goal attempts.
Well he had a better season than UF's kicker, but that's about it.
Field goal kickers are ALL pussies!
A stunning development. I guess the 'Boys don't want to risk losing any games, which I can understand ... but Gramatica?! This Bucs fans remembers all too way "Automatica's" fall from grace.
It's remarkable. That one missed kick has just ruined him.
Thirteen? I would have thought it was lower than that. His accuracy is atrocious.
make that "all too well ..."
Actually, he's very accurate, he can hit an upright from 40 yards every time.
Did you see him on Thanksgiving? He barely made that easy chip-shot FG ... then Romo joked with him on the way to the sideline and he was in no mood. He's clearly lost it.
Color me shocked. It was clear he had lost his confidence, but the Cowboys had spent a lot of money on him.
I did not see that coming...
Unfortunately for them, Gramatica is just as shaky....
Neither did I. He must be just as bad in practice for the Tuna to cut him loose.
Nick Novak of the Redskins is 5 for 10. Is there a place kicker rehab place anywhere? Lou Groza clinic?
Yeah Slump Buster. I'd like to see you in a fight against say, Vanderjagt, Hunter Smith or maybe Todd Sauerbrun. When was the last time you saw a game...1980?
Missing 2 FG's at the Indy game didn't help him either...
yeah especially bad in practice.
So who in the NFL needs a kicker badly?
I think it was also his short kickoffs that doomed him. Parcells doesn't want to have two kickers, so if Vanderjagt couldn't even kick off decently, he was of little use.
I like Romo.
Every time the camera catches him, he has a big smile on his face. He is having fun just being on the field (and not a bad season, now).
Pre or post-roid Sauerbrun?
Nope. He was lucky his teammates bailed him out.
...but usually the highest scorers of anyone on the team. Go figure!
I know. He's hit it from 20 yard too.
He better not be expecting another big pay day.
Another team will sign him within the next two days.
no but employment would probably be nice at this point.....
At least the one thing the Lions have is a decent kicker.
No doubt. Perhaps he needs to go to a team that's already out of it so there won't be any pressure kicks.
I saw it in the pre-season. There was a game when he missed nearly every FG attempt. He made one, only after a challenge was issued by the opposition on a previous play.
They sure did... Did you catch the press conference afterwards? Parcells said that before the season started Vandy said not to worry about the kicking game... he paused and then added "I'm telling you that I am now worried about our kicker." I think it took them this long to find a decent replacement.
Gramatica better not cost the 'boys a game!
This guy's status is falling faster than Culpepper's.
He's a Canuck, so he could just go somewhere in the CFL.
Much the same way a hockey goalie can loose his confidence. If you have the proven skill then the rest of it is in the mind.
He deserves better.
Or at least the next best thing.
Careful, George Blanda just might kick your ass.
That old bastard was tough.
I think he's talked about doing just that. I'm sure Peyton Manning is laughing his ass off at the news.
maybe after the season, but he must have really been regressing in practice as well.....
Do you think that Culpepper is in for a problem getting his starter's job back next summer?
I do if Harrington hangs around....
I think we learned Thursday that the problems in Detroit had nothing to do with Harrington.
No question about it. The Dolphins are going to have to make a decision this off season because they're paying Culpepper a lot of money.
Yeah but I knew that all along :)
Here's one for you....
Who is more incompetent: Isiah Thomas as a GM or Matt Millen?
I hope they front-loaded that signing bonus....
Gee...do you think in retrospect Saban wishes he'd gambled on Drew Brees' shoulder?
You could have them switch jobs and they still couldn't do a worse job.
I know the Chargers are playing great and Rivers looks good but imagine if Brees was still there.
I remember when the NFL teams imported all these foreign soccer players to replace the straight-on kickers--"whee! I keecks a touchdown!</P>
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