2006 Free Agents: Kickers

One of the primary needs for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason is obvious. But what can be done?

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Adam Vinatieri - leading the way for the Cowboys this offseason is Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri, who was a rookie with New England during Bill Parcells final year there, was 20-25 field goals last season with a long of 49 yards. The key with Vinatieri is his ability to win games later in the fourth quarter. From the regular season to AFC Championship games in the snow, to two game-winning kicks in the Super Bowl, no one does it better when it counts than Vinatieri.

Ryan Longwell - Longwell converted on 20-of-27 field goals with a long 53 yards for the Green Bay Packers last year. He doesn't have the league-wide respect that Vinatieri does, but he may more obtainable if the Patriots decide to franchise Vinatieri again. In addition, Ryan Longwell in Dallas is better than any of the four kickers used last year- Jose Cortez, Shaun Suisham, Billy Cundiff and Nick Novak.

2006 Free Agent Kickers

A listing of the kickers scheduled for NFL free agency in 2006. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. Listed alphabetically by team.
Player Free-Agent Type 2005 Team
Todd Peterson UFA Atlanta Falcons
Ryan Longwell UFA Green Bay Packers
Jose Cortez UFA Indianapolis Colts
Mike Vanderjagt UFA Indianapolis Colts
Paul Edinger UFA Minnesota Vikings
Adam Vinatieri UFA New England Patriots
Joe Nedney UFA San Francisco 49ers
Matt Bryant UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Free-Agent Type 2005 Team
Aaron Elling RFA Baltimore Ravens
Josh Brown RFA Seattle Seahawks

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