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August 29, 2011

Cowboys remain unsettled at kicker with yet another option

The Cowboys are continuing to look at kicking options. They will bring in veteran Dave Rayner for a workout. They already have four kickers on their roster in David Buehler, Dan Bailey, Kai Forbath and Shayne Graham.

Rayner was with the Lions for eight games last season, converting 13 of 16 field-goal tries. He also has kicked in Cincinnati, San Diego, Kansas City, Green Bay and Indianapolis.

Forbath (quadriceps) hasn't kicked since the team signed him Aug. 2. He returned to practice Monday, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Forbath wasn't ready to kick. Buehler (hip flexor) returned to practice Monday, admitting he felt a sense of urgency to return. Buehler missed Saturday's preseason game, with Bailey going 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and Graham making his only try.

"I was more eager to get back because of [the competition],"  Buehler said. "We do have four kickers on our roster. That might be an NFL record. That might be an NFL first. I knew there was going to be competition this year. They brought in Shayne, and it’s even more competition. He’s a great kicker. I’m trying to take positives out of it and learn from him and just get back at it and do my best and put the ball through the uprights."

Money could factor into the Cowboys' decision, which might be a reason Rayner is being brought in for a tryout. Buehler, who missed eight field goals and two extra points last season, is scheduled to make $525,000 and count $562,000 against the cap. Graham would make $910,000, Rayner $550,000 and Bailey $375,000. The Cowboys released veteran kicker Kris Brown before training camp to save his $910,000 salary.

-- Charean Williams




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They want to save $100k, but keep M Bennett on the roster?

Keep Beuhler. He's a force on coverage and has speed and skills to help out elsewhere. They treat him like a one trick pny, but he's not. He could play safety for us.

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