NEW ORLEANS - 2006: Connor Hughes of the New Orleans Saints poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys added a kicker to the future/reserve list yesterday, agreeing to terms with Connor Hughes, who you may (but probably don't) remember as a member of the Arena League's Philadelphia Soul.
Hughes went undrafted out of Virginia, after being named a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award--for the best place kicker in the nation--as a senior in 2005. After signing with the Saints shorty after the draft, Hughes was let go after training camp. He reappeared as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad for a short time the following year, but never made it into the lineup.
His pro debut finally came in 2007 as a member of NFL Europe's Rhein Fire. Hughes spent 2008 with the Philadelphia Soul before the league suspended operations due to financial issues.
With Shaun Suisham, a restricted free agent, struggling with consistency issues throughout his short time with Dallas, the signing comes as another indicator of Suisham's looming departure. Hughes, according to ESPNDallas, was among those who tried out for the team midseason, while looking for a replacement for the struggling Nick Folk.