The Dallas Cowboys have released kicker Brett Maher.
The #Cowboys have released kicker Brett Maher and signed veteran FA K Kai Forbath, the team announced. A necessary change.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
Maher hit on just 20-of-30 field goal attempts (66.7 percent) in 2019. He did have a long make of 63 yards, but was 1-of-5 from 40-49 yards and 4-for-8 from 50-plus. Last year, Maher hit on 29-of-36 three point tries (80.6 per cent), including 6-of-7 from 50-plus yards.
The 30-year-old was signed by the Cowboys in April 2018. He beat out Dan Bailey, the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, who was released to win the job in big D. Through two seasons and 29 games in Dallas, Maher connected on 49-of-63 field goals (74.2 percent) and made good on 68-of-69 extra point kicks.
Maher is the only kicker in NFL history with three field goals of at least 60 yards, but he had an NFL-high 10 misses this season.
After going unselected in the 2013 NFL draft, Maher signed with the New York Jets, but he was released two and a half months later. Dallas brought him in for two weeks of training camp that August and let him go.
Winnipeg brought Maher to camp in 2014 and following the Bombers cutting him he broke into the CFL with the Redblacks in 2014 by making 18-of-25 field goals and punting for a 45.4-yard average.
Maher had his best Canadian season with Ottawa in 2017 when he recorded a 46.7-yard punting average and made 82 per cent of his field goals (41-for-50). He hit the exact same number of field goals on as many attempts for Hamilton in 2016 with a 45.9 punting average.
Maher is now a free agent.