Cowboys Checking On Veteran Kicker?

TheRanchReport.com brings you the latest regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their search for a new kicker.

With the signing of five free agents this off-season, the Dallas Cowboys have already filled a number of off-season needs.

On the offensive line, Dallas signed Kyle Kosier and Jason Fabini to provide depth, not to mention immediate help at guard and right tackle.

At linebacker, the Cowboys inked a five-year deal with Jacksonville LB Akin Ayodele, who could be used as an inside or outside linebacker in coming seasons.

At tight end, Dallas found a replacement for veteran Dan Campbell, who signed on with the Detroit Lions, when the team signed Ryan Hannam to a four-year deal.

But what about a kicker?

Almost 10 days into free agency, the Cowboys have yet to make any serious moves in regards to upgrading their talent at kicker. At the same time, the need remains very real as inconsistency at the position last year likely cost the team a spot in the playoffs.

Here's what TheRanchReport.com has learned up as of Monday evening:

1) The only confirmed contact the Cowboys have made with any kicker available this off-season has been with Seattle's Josh Brown. The Cowboys contacted Brown, a restricted free agent, just last week. As an update to that report, TheRanchReport.com confirmed late Monday afternoon that Dallas has not been in touch with Brown since then. However, according to a source, Dallas is still very much interested. In other words, don't be surprised to see the Cowboys explore their options on this front at some point in the very near future. Keep in mind that Brown can negotiate with any club through April 21.

2) Also remember that since Brown is a restricted free agent, the Seahawks would have seven days to match any offer sheet extended by Dallas. Should he sign with the Cowboys, Dallas would then have to forfeit a seventh round draft pick to the Seahawks. Brown, who has only missed three field goals in three years from under 40-yards, remains the most attractive candidate because he's obviously accurate, he isn't expecting Adam Vinatieri kind of money, and he's also used to kicking in less-than-desirable conditions.

3) Of course, there's always Adam Vinatieri, who remains an unrestricted free agent after visiting one team this past weekend. Vinatieri would be a natural fit in Dallas because he wants to kick in warmer weather and he also has played for Bill Parcells. However, the 10-year veteran wants to break the bank with a signing bonus of $3 million and a salary over $2 million/year. Simply put, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't interested in paying out that kind of cast to a kicker ... at least not yet. Vinatieri has already visited Green Bay but he left this weekend without a contract.

4) The one rumor that has been passed around even more in the last two days involves Olindo Mare. From what we hear, Dallas is willing to see if the Miami Dolphins are going to release Mare, who is mad because the team wants to restructure his contract. If Miami opts to release the veteran kicker, it likely means the organization is bringing in Mike Vanderjagt, who just visited the team last week. The Cowboys like Mare because of his ability to handle kickoffs and because of his experience.

5) On the Vanderjagt front, the Cowboys have shown minimal interest up to this point. His agent, Gil Scott, contacted Dallas eight days ago. Since then, no further contact between Dallas and the Vanderjagt camp has occurred.

6) Other options, both of which would be a reach, would be former Vikings kicker Paul Edinger and Atlanta's Todd Peterson.

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