The Dallas Cowboys signed kicker Dan Bailey to a seven-year contract on Thursday. The 26-year old will now be the Cowboys kicker until 2020. The deal is worth an estimated $3 million a year. As Dallas’ most consistent offensive weapon, Bailey was a must to re-sign after becoming a restricted free agent this offseason. And here are five reasons why:
A Good Kicker Is Hard To Find
The Cowboys struggled for many years to find a franchise kicker. Let’s take a look at the list of journeyman kickers Dallas employed prior to Bailey, shall we? David Buehler, Shaun Suisham, Nick Folk, Martin Gramatica, Mike Vanderjagt, Billy Cundiff, Jose Cortez, Jon Hilbert, Tim Seder, Eddie Murray, and Richie Cunningham. Some of these kickers have gone on to play well for other teams. But a majority of them spent one season with the Cowboys and struggled with inconsistency. Cundiff and Folk were the closest the Cowboys got to finding a franchise kicker. But both eventually found themselves playing elsewhere when they started missing field goals. Bailey is poised to be the greatest Cowboys kicker in franchise history. He’ll have every opportunity to do so in the next seven years.