The Cowboys' signing of former Texans kicker Kris Brown to a two-year deal is about the future. They want to create competition for David Buehler for next season, and with the uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement, it was easiser to sign Brown now.
"This time of year a lot of teams use it as an opportunity to add players to their roster going into the following year," interim coach Jason Garrett said. "You see teams do that across the league with practice roster players -- guys you might like -- you add them to your roster so moving forward you have that guy with you and you can work with them in the off-season, and that person can compete the following season. That's what we've done with Kris Brown bringing him in here. We felt he was available to us, and moving forward, he's a good guy to have on our roster."
Buehler will kick for the Cowboys on Sunday against the Eagles. Garrett said, "we'll see," when asked if Brown also would be on the active roster for the final game.
Buehler has made only 24 of 31 field-goal attempts this season, and he has missed two extra points. His missed PAT against Arizona resulted in a 27-26 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night. The team's 77.4 field-goal percentage ranks 26th in the NFL. The league average is 82.1.
This was Buehler's first season as a full-time kicker. He served as the kickoff specialist during his rookie season of 2009 and led the league in touchbacks with 29 touchbacks. (He ranks fourth this season with 21.)
Garrett said the Cowboys still believe Buehler has a bright future.
"He obviously has a very strong leg," Garrett said. "He's a talented guy. He's an awfully good kickoff guy. He's proven that he can make a number of long kicks. He's proven he can make some big kicks. He needs to improve his consistency. He's working on that. Going forward, he's a guy who certainly will compete to be the kicker of this football team. We like what he's done. He certainly has to improve. But we're excited about his future."
Buehler had no competition in training camp. He will in 2011.
-- Charean Williams