The Jets are heading to another kicker competition. And that’s where the similarities with last year end.
After previously retaining restricted free agent Eddy Pineiro, the Jets bolstered the depth chart on Saturday by signing veteran and former Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein.
That gives the Jets two kickers with a total of 295 career field goals — Zuerlein with 265 of them — after having two kickers in training camp last year with none on their resumes at the start. era. In the end, Matt Ammendola won the job over Chris Naggar, but Ammendola was released after scoring just 13 of 19 goals in 11 games. Naggar later appeared in a game for the Browns.
Pineiro replaced Ammendola and settled things by making all eight field goal attempts and was 9-for-10 on the PATs. The Jets have offered Pineiro a one-year, $2.43 million contract and therefore have the right of first refusal if another team tries to sign him. The tender has no dead salary cap space if released.
The work is to be won now.
Zuerlein was released by the Cowboys as a salary cap victim earlier this month. He was expected to earn $2.25 million after missing a career-high six PATs last season. Zuerlein scored 82.9% of his field goals in his two seasons with Dallas after eight seasons with the Rams.
Zuerlein was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and sent the Rams to Super Bowl LIII by drilling a 57-yard field goal in overtime to cap a 4-for-4 performance in the NFC Championship. Nicknamed “Greg the Leg,” Zuerlein also had 53 yards in the Super Bowl (before a miss late in the game) and had 61 career yards in 2015.
The Jets have been looking for a kicker since Pro Bowler Jason Myers signed with the Seahawks in 2019.
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