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).
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