MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Tony Romo #9, Shaun Suisham #4 and Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys look on while playing against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Dallas signed Suisham in December of 2009 to replace the struggling Nick Folk, who missed ten field goals in 2009 before being released. The kicker position, for Dallas, remains a question mark depending on who you ask. So far, the position has been addressed in two ways:
First, Dallas signed free agent Connor Hughes, who has never kicked in a regular season NFL game. Then, the team hired former kicker Chris Boniol to work with Hughes and 2009 kickoff specialist David Buehler. As neither candidate has any experience, these solutions haven't inspired much confidence on the part of fans.
But the Cowboys and their fans knew also that Suisham--who was five for eight on field goal attempts in 2009, with two misses in the playoff loss at Minnesota--was not the answer, either. Suisham's signing on Tuesday was motivated by the Browns' fear that 11-year veteran Phil Dawson, a Lake Highlands product, will hold out in hopes of a new contract.
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