Former CFL kicker Maher makes Cowboys

Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey

But Bailey also signed a massive seven-year, $22.5 million deal back in 2014, so salary cap space likely played a large part in his release. The Kearney, Nebraska, native did drill a 57-yard field goal in the Cowboys' final preseason game on Thursday. The former Oklahoma State player tailed off badly last season after injuring his groin against San Francisco in the sixth game of the season.

The regular season begins on the road on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Carolina and that is when we'll see just what potential the Cowboys can live up to and if they are able to achieve success by returning to the playoffs. The 30-year-old Bailey's accuracy dropped almost 20 percentage points over his final two seasons. He's now second on the all-time field goal accuracy list behind Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Maher, who is signed through 2019, will make $480,000 this season.

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Speight, who his experience playing under Jim Harbaugh and his past as a starter for the Wolverines, knows what that is like. Speight, Thompson-Robinson and Modster had separated themselves from Matt Lynch , Austin Burton and walk on Josiah Norwood .

As for Maher, this will be the first time he's ever made it to a 53-man National Football League roster. The former Baylor basketball player hasn't played in the regular season going into his third year. Looking forward to this season, the Cowboys are already battling injuries on the offensive line and still have some decisions when it comes to the depth of the roster as former starting tight end Jason Witten retired this offseason. The issue is whether it's worth keeping Scarbrough, a seventh-round pick from Alabama. Switzer, a receiver and kick returner, has since been traded to Pittsburgh. Dak Prescott was sacked a career-high eight times in that game.

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