It’s been written in the stars for weeks, and now it’s official: the Dallas Cowboys will be wheels up to Tampa Bay for a date with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on (Super) Wild Card Weekend. To add a little flavor to what is already a mouthwatering matchup, the NFL went ahead and scheduled the clash for Monday night.
The regular season coming to a close sadly means we’re one step closer to the offseason. Even if the Cowboys win the Super Bowl, the game is scheduled for Feb. 12, meaning there’s just one month of football left at maximum.
We hate to add even more pressure to Dallas, but the team has over 20 players set to hit free agency in the offseason. This roster could look a lot different in a few month’s time, so it’s hard to overstate how important it is that the Cowboys capitalize on a golden opportunity to end their Super Bowl drought.
With all of this in mind, we went ahead and listed four Cowboys who could be playing their final game with the team vs the Buccaneers.
These Cowboys could be playing final game vs Buccaneers
4. Brett Maher, K
The NFL is so unpredictable. A few months ago, Cowboys fans were dreading the thought of Maher being the team’s full-time kicker. Hard to blame them for that after Maher’s wonky most recent stint in Arlington.
That year (2019), Maher converted just 66.7% of his field goals, including 1-of-5 from 40-49 yards, and 4-of-8 from 50 yards and beyond.
Now, Maher is one of the game’s most underrated special teams weapons. If Pro Bowl rosters carried two kickers, Maher likely would’ve gotten the nod, as he’s drilled over 90% of his field goals and over 96% of his extra points.
Maher’s field goal percentage is fifth among kickers who’ve attempted at least 30 kicks, and he set the Cowboys’ single-season points record in Week 17, and his 137 points on the season entering Week 18 led all kickers.
In a perfect world, Dallas will bring Maher back in the offseason, but you can never guarantee anything in the NFL. Fortunately for the Cowboys, Maher has a ton of familiarity with the front office, coaching staff, and personnel, so he’d (hopefully) prioritize re-signing with Dallas over other potential suitors.