New York Jets release former CFL kicker Brett Maher

The New York Jets have released former CFL kicker Brett Maher.

Maher signed a reserve/future deal with the Jets December 31 last year. During training camp he was competing with 27-year-old Sam Ficken for the opening day job with gang green. Ficken made 19-of-27 field goals (70.3 percent) in 2019 for the Jets. Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said it was a close competition.

The 30-year-old Maher was released by the Dallas Cowboys on December 9 last season after 13 games. 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-for-5 from 40-49 yards and 4-for-8 from 50-plus. In 2018, Maher hit on 29-of-36 three point tries (80.6 per cent), including 6-of-7 from 50-plus yards.

The Cowboys signed Maher 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 last season. While Maher was a free agent he worked out for the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams.

After going unselected in the 2013 NFL draft, Maher signed with the 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 had Maher at training camp in 2014 and following the Bombers cutting him he broke into the CFL with the Ottawa Redblacks that same year by making 18-of-25 field goals and punting for a 45.4-yard average.

Maher had his best Canadian season in 2017 when he recorded a 46.7-yard punting average and made 82 per cent of his field goals (41-for-50) for the Redblacks. He hit the exact same number of field goals on as many attempts for Hamilton in 2016 with a 45.9 punting average.