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Cowboys Sign McBriar to 5 Year, $8.5 Million Deal

The Cowboys have signed up their Aussie punter to a long term deal.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys usually don’t like to give big deals to kickers, they made a big exception on Wednesday by reaching an agreement on a five-year, $8.5 million contract with punter Mat McBriar.

McBriar, scheduled to become a restricted free agent, was too good to let go even though the experiment to pay place kicker Mike Vanderjagt didn’t work out last season. McBriar was the NFC’s Pro Bowl punter this season, averaging 48.2 yards per punt with a 38.6 net. He placed 22 kicks inside the 20 yard line and had a long punt of 75 yards.

His deal makes him the league’s highest-paid punter. Along with that, he received a $2.5 million signing bonus.

It’s a lot of money to pay for a punter but McBriar is among the very best and should still be on the upswing. I think it always makes sense to do whatever you can to keep your own good, young players.

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Yeah its a chunck of money, but next to turnover margin field position is pretty important as NFL games are decided more and more by lack of mistakes. It seems more and more teams are looking for the Aussie Rules/Rugby Players for kicking duties because of their ability to have far more control over their kicks than many pure football punters.

Posted by Mister Biggs | February 28, 2007 | 08:28 pm | Permalink

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