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Cowboys could sign Ryan Succop

Succop found new life in Tampa Bay as part of the Tom Brady era. Despite being drafted as Mr. Irrelevant in 2009 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Succop has been anything but that for most of his career. His career field goal percentage is 82.9, the longest of his career being 54 yards.

Succop spent his first five years in Kansas City where he made every extra point and had three seasons of going 80% on field goal attempts. After cutting him due to salary cap issues, he signed with the Tennessee Titans. There he enjoyed some of the best years of his career.

In 2017 Succop was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September after going 10 of 11 on field goals. That season he helped the Titans clinch their first playoff berth since 2008 where they won a Wild Card Game against his former team the Chiefs. After the season, Succop signed a five-year contract extension.

Succop would not last the deal. Before 2019, he had knee surgery in the offseason and was placed on injured reserve. He would return to play in six games, but his fate was all but sealed. Tennessee released him after six seasons.

Succop's first season in Tampa Bay was one of the best of his career. He scored a career-high 136 points to help the Buccaneers win their second championship. Despite going 31 of 38 this past season, the Buccaneers released Succop in March.

Succop might not have history with the Cowboys' coaching staff, but he is one of the best veteran options available. Being 36, he definitely would be a better option than Crosby if Dallas desires to stay young. He might not have Pro Bowls to his name, but like Crosby he has a Super Bowl ring on his finger. Succop has generated little interest so far this offseason, so signing him to a one-year deal would not be costly.