The Dallas Cowboys have yet to address their biggest weakness, which is finding a solid, dependable field goal kicker. It now looks like their best option, Oakland Raiders field goal kicker Sebastion Janikowski is not going to be available.
The Raiders plan to make Janikowski the highest-paid field goal kicker in the NFL, according to ESPN.
Janikowski is the top kicker who could have been available. ESPN notes other notable free agents are Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham and the New York Jets‘ Jay Feely.
It would be a mistake to try to make David Buehler into a field goal kicker. Buehler was great as a kick off specialist for the Cowboys this past season in his rookie year. He often booted the ball into the end zone and really strangled opposing teams’ chances at returning kick offs. That’s valuable.
But so is a good field goal kicker, which is someone the Cowboys haven’t had consistently in more than a decade. Nick Folk showed incredible promise in his rookie year, and made the Pro Bowl. He was a different player this year. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if the Cowboys tried him out in the offseason to see if he has recovered from his hip surgery because the kid had a promising career.
However, the best option is for the Cowboys to quickly sign whomever the best field goal kicker is on the free agent market. Bypassing the position for mediocrity would be a costly mistake.