3 kickers Cowboys must sign immediately after Brett Maher’s nightmare
By Randy Gurzi
2. Cody Parkey
Cody Parkey is a veteran kicker and if he was asked, he probably would feel a lot of sympathy for Maher. Parkey knows that a bad performance can stick with a kicker forever — and he even has a kick known around the sporting world.
Back in 2019 while with the Chicago Bears, Parkey was called upon to end the Philadelphia Eagles season. Trailing 16-15 in the Wild Card Round, Parkey attempted a 43-yard field goal which was partially blocked by Treyvon Hester. It still had enough juice to get to the upright but then hit it on the left side, fell to the crossbar, and bounced off that.
The kick was dubbed the “double-doink” and it’s hard to hear Parkey’s name and not remember this miss.
However, he’s had plenty of success in his eight NFL seasons including his last full year in the league. While playing with the Cleveland Browns in 2020, Parkey his on 19-of-22 kicks and was 43-of-47 on extra points.
He was injured in 2021 and replaced by Chase McLaughlin but resurfaced with the Saints. He never had a field goal try but was 3-of-5 on extra points.
For his career, Parkey has made 84.6 percent of his field goals and 93.5 percent of his extra points. He’s not perfect but he’s been through a lot and could be an upgrade.