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    Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    Cowboys sign Vanderjagt to three-year contract
    By Len Pasquarelli


    March 23, 2006



    Breaking from their recent history of employing young placement specialists who worked for minimum wages, the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday signed unrestricted free agent kicker Mike Vanderjagt, a colorful eight-year veteran who is the NFL's career leader in field goal percentage.

    League sources confirmed for ESPN.com that Vanderjagt, who arrived in Dallas on Wednesday to visit with Cowboys coaches and team officials, signed a three-year contract. Financial details were not yet available, but it is believed the contract averages about $2 million annually.

    Adding a kicker of Vanderjagt's profile and price range is out of character for the Cowboys. Under owner Jerry Jones, the team's preference has been to develop its own kickers, often undrafted college free agents, and to invest very little in the position. But the Cowboys went through three kickers in 2005, converted only 21 of 27 field goal tries, and suffered all season at the position.

    Dallas lost three games in 2005 by three points or fewer, and that may have swayed the team's thinking in pursuing a more proven and dependable placement specialist.

    In Vanderjagt, the Cowboys are getting a kicker whose last effort, a missed 46-yard field goal attempt in the Indianapolis Colts' divisional-round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, is not indicative of his career in the league. The veteran kicker, who began his professional career in the CFL after playing at West Virginia University, has never scored fewer than 104 points and has averaged 124.3 points.

    Vanderjagt, who turns 36 next week, has converted 217 of 248 field goals, and that 87.5 percent success rate is the best in league history. He has also made 344 of 346 extra point tries.

    The only shortcoming in Vanderjagt's game are his kickoffs, on which he has averaged 60.2 yards. The Colts employed a separate kickoff specialist to handle those chores the past two seasons. Vanderjagt has insisted he can kick off, however, and it remains to be seen how the Cowboys deal with that element.

    Wow, this really leaves Green Bay in a rough spot :grin:

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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    I wonder if Doug Brien is available... :evil:

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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    "PurpleAndy" wrote:
    I wonder if Doug Brien is available... :evil:

    No clue.. I just think it is hilarious how we stole Longwell from the cheese. Then they go out and try and get Vinatieri, then he signs with the Colts. Then they say that they are interested in Vanderjagt then he signs with Dallas. Then there is rumor they would have a interest in Edinger, and the last I heard, he may sign with New England.. They may have to bring Favre back just to kick fg's..

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    That's a great move for them.. I remember last year when Larry Allen was ready to kick the shit out of Cortez for missing an PAT haha

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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    Edinger is still available, isn't he?

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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

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    Edinger is still available, isn't he?


    Yes, and I just read that he is going to visit with Green Bay in the coming days. I read this on Vikings Update under my subscription.. I was hoping that Edinger would sign with New England when he visited with them. He still may sign with them now that New England has lost out on Vinatieri, and now Vanderjagt. We got Longwell, so that basically only leaves Edinger left as a proven K. If I am a betting man, I would have to say that if he gets a offer from both New England, and Green Bay, he will sign with the Pats..

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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    Yeah, I also heard the Green Bay Packers were interested in Edinger.

    If he signs with them, he would have played for almost every team in the NFC North, LOL.
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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    Good news Packers. I found you a new kicker. You can thank me later.


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    Re: Cowboys sign Vanderjagt

    So Vanderjerk signs with the Cowjerks...how fitting! He and T-HO can take turns mouthing off to the Dallass media! :lol:
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