Breaking down Cowboys’ kicker options to replace Greg Zuerlein
2. Michael Badgley, Colts
The 26-year-old isn’t the worst possible option for the Cowboys. If nothing else, he could bring in competition for Garibay. Badgley played his first three seasons with the Chargers. With the Bolts, he was very consistent (15-of-16 field goals and 27-of-28 extra points in 2018) and even set a franchise record with a 59-yard field goal.
A groin injury kept him out of a large portion of 2019. After that, he had a hard time getting back to his game. The Chargers ended up releasing Badgley before the 2021 season. From there, he was signed to the Titans practice squad. His stint in Tennessee didn’t go too well. In a game against the Cardinals in Week 1 of 2021, Badgley missed an extra point and a 46-yard field goal. He was released the next day.
However, things started to look up for the kicker when he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts last October. Indy needed a kicker after Rodrigo Blankenship got hurt. Badgley stepped up and made 18 of his 21 field goals and made every single one of his 39 extra-point kicks. The Cowboys should look at his most recent play as a sign that he could be back on the rise. The Colts certainly prefer Blankenship and Badgley would be a good option. He finished with better stats than Zuerlein over the last two seasons.