Goodbye Vandy

The Mike Vanderjagt experiment has officially come to an end. After failing to prove he can still be a consistent kicker in the National Football League, the Dallas Cowboys released him Monday.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells can do nothing about Terrell Owens. And considering the way Owens is playing right now, Parcells probably doesn't want to at this time.

But Parcells did rid himself of one of his season-long problems by releasing maligned kicker Mike Vanderjagt and signing free agent Martin Gramatica.

Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in NFL history who was given a $2.5 million signing bonus in the off-season, has struggled since joining the Cowboys.

He missed much of training camp with a groin injury. He was inactive for the season opener.

He has not been good when he has kicked, making 13 of 18 field-goal attempts and 33 of 33 extra points. He made a 22-yard field goal against Tampa Bay in the Cowboys' 38-10 win last Thursday. But he missed two field goals against the Colts four days earlier when Parcells said he was admittedly concerned about the kicker. Vanderjagt missed at least one field goal in three of the Cowboys' last five games.

Gramatica went to training camp with New England, but was released on Aug. 23. He signed with Indianapolis on Sept. 22 as an injury replacement for Adam Vinatieri and saw action in three games hitting his only field-goal attempt, a 20-yarder at the New York Jets on Oct. 1 and all nine conversion kicks. Gramatica handled kicking duties against Jacksonville on Sept. 24 and at the Jets on Oct. 1 before being released on Oct. 4. He re-signed with the Colts on Oct. 7 and kicked against Tennessee on Oct. 8 before being released again on Oct. 10.

Gramatica is in his seventh NFL season and has hit 138 of 180 career field-goal attempts (.767) and 190 of 192 career extra points. He kicked for Tampa Bay from 1999-2004 and also spent time with the Colts in 2004. He was out of football in 2005.

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