Are the Dallas Cowboys overplaying their hand with the kicker position?

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Brandon McManus didn’t last long on the open market

Brandon McManus was never in consideration for the Dallas Cowboys.

That is the first head-scratcher.

He is a 31-year-old kicker with decent power and accuracy. PFF said he only allowed 28.8% of his kickoffs to leave the endzone.

McManus could have been better than Gould on field goals. He was hitting them at a clip of 78% and extra points at 93%.

The beyond-50-yard kicks had positive and negative ramifications. Brandon had more chances with 13 tries but connected on 8 of them.

Again, still good enough to get the job done.

So where is the disconnect?

Considering that Brandon signed with Jacksonville within 48hrs of his release gives the impression that this is where he wanted to land.

It’s all speculation, but he may prefer kicking on grass over turf.

McManus would not have been the sexiest name on the list, but he was efficient over his career (81.4%) and had Super Bowl experience.

Dallas could have done their due diligence, or they thought there was more time.