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Brett Maher

New Orleans Saints
Place Kicker #5
New Orleans Saints
Place Kicker #5

Brett Maher News

Waived with injury designation

Maher (groin) was waived by the Saints with an injury designation Saturday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Maher was already waived by the Saints, but it is now officially with an injury designation, meaning New Orleans is responsible to pay him until his injury has healed. The 31-year-old hasn't played in the NFL since 2019, and his future in the league is uncertain.

Aug 21, 2021 5:38 PM EST


Reverts to IR

Maher (groin) reverted to the Saints' injured reserve Tuesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Maher picked up a groin injury shortly after signing with New Orleans on Aug. 9, and he'll shift to injured reserve after being waived/injured Monday. The Saints will need to bring in another kicker to fill in for Wil Lutz, who is expected to be sidelined into October after undergoing core muscle surgery.

Aug 17, 2021 10:53 PM EST



Waived/injured by Saints

Maher (groin) was waived/injured by the Saints on Monday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football

Analysis: Maher was brought in to replace Wil Lutz (abdomen) until his expcted return in October. However, he suffered a groin injury that has now resulted in him being let go. Should he go unclaimed on waivers, he will revert back to the team's injured reserve.

Aug 16, 2021 6:16 PM EST


Links up with Saints

Maher is signing a contract with New Orleans on Monday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Maher will fill in for Will Lutz (abdomen) for the time being, though the Saints will probably also bring in additional kicking help. Lutz is set for core muscle surgery that could carry a 8-12 week recovery timetable, in which case New Orleans would need a replacement for a handful of regular-season games. Maher appeared in 29 games with the Cowboys from 2018-19.

Aug 9, 2021 2:19 PM EST


Released by Arizona

Maher was released by Arizona on Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Maher joined the team on a reserve/future contract in January and was expected to compete for the starting job after Zane Gonzalez hit free agency. However, that need for the team disappeared after signing Matt Prater on Saturday, leaving Maher to look for a new team in free agency.

Mar 20, 2021 5:34 PM EST



Staying in Arizona

Maher signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Maher signed to the Cardinals' practice squad on Christmas Day and will now get an opportunity to stick with the team throughout the offseason. Veteran kicker Zane Gonzalez is slated to enter free agency this offseason, which could open the door to Maher in the future.

Jan 5, 2021 8:27 PM EST


Signs with practice squad

The Cardinals signed Maher to the practice squad Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Zane Gonzalez (back) is out for the rest of the regular season, and Mike Nugent has taken his place as the Cardinals' starting kicker in the meantime. Nugent has been perfect, hitting all five field-goal attempts and all six extra-point tries. Maher is merely an emergency kicker option as the Cardinals make their playoff push. The 31-year-old played 13 games for Dallas last year, connecting on 20 of 30 field-goal attempts and all 36 extra-point tries.

Dec 25, 2020 6:50 PM EST


Gets look in Tampa Bay

Maher visited the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Analysis: Maher was cut from the Texans' practice squad Monday. He could immediately fit in with the Buccaneers, who currently have kicker Ryan Succop on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Maher has enough time to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols and kick for the Buccaneers in Sunday's game against the Falcons. He last played for the Cowboys in 2019, when he made 20 of 30 field-goal attempts (67 percent) and all 36 extra-point tries.

Dec 15, 2020 3:17 PM EST


Parts ways with Texans

Maher was cut from the Texans' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Maher has been with Houston's practice squad since mid-October, but his run in the organization came without a regular-season appearance. Ka'imi Fairbairn has been able to avoid missing any time thus far in 2020, keeping Maher from the field. The Nebraska product struggled during his second season with the Cowboys in 2019, converting just 20 of 30 field-goal tries.

Dec 14, 2020 3:17 PM EST


Heads to Houston

The Texans signed Maher to the practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Houston's starting kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn has been perfect over the last three weeks, drilling nine field goals and nine extra points without a miss. Maher will add depth in case things get derailed. Last season with the Cowboys, Maher connected on 20 of 30 field goals and hit all 36 extra-point attempts.

Oct 12, 2020 1:48 PM EST


Visits with Texans

The Texans brought Maher in for a visit, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Houston's current placekicker, Ka'imi Fairbairn, has missed just one kick in 2020 and is successful on 83.8 percent of his field-goal attempts during his career. It's unclear if Houston is looking to make a change. Maher has spent time with the Jets, Cowboys, the Browns and the Washington football team during his time in the NFL.

Oct 8, 2020 4:02 AM EST


Cut from practice squad

Washington released Maher from the practice squad Wednesday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Maher spent most of September on Washington's practice squad, but he'll now need to search for a reserve role with another club. He appeared in 29 games with the Cowboys from 2018-19.

Sep 30, 2020 9:48 AM EST


Heads to practice squad

Maher joined Washington's practice squad Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Maher stands to provide Washington with emergency depth behind Dustin Hopkins. He appeared in 13 contests with the Cowboys last season, converting 20 of 30 field-goal tries.

Sep 10, 2020 2:13 PM EST


Cut loose by Jets

The Jets released Maher on Monday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Sam Ficken is left as the lone kicker on the roster, while Maher will hope to catch on elsewhere at some point this season. The transaction frees up a roster spot for veteran wideout Donte Moncrief.

Aug 31, 2020 5:47 AM EST


Competing for job

Maher is competing with Sam Ficken for the Jets' starting kicking job, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Maher was released by the Cowboys after missing 10 of his 30 field-goal attempts through 13 games last season. In joining the Jets, he's aiming to regain a starting job at the expense of Ficken, who struggled himself last term, missing 11 kicks in 15 appearances for New York.

Aug 21, 2020 1:13 PM EST


Signs futures contract with Jets

Maher signed a reserve/futures contract with the Jets.

Analysis: Maher struggled with the Cowboys this season, making just 20 of his 30 field-goal tries in 13 games before getting cut in favor of Kai Forbath. The former Cornhusker will get a shot at redemption with New York in 2020.

Dec 31, 2019 1:14 PM EST


Works out with Rams

The Rams held a workout for Maher this week, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Greg Zuerlein, the team's long-time kicker, has been unable to practice this week due to a strained quadriceps. Listed as questionable for Saturday's game in San Francisco, he's slated to suit up, but ultimately his availability will be determined Friday, when he'll kick for the first time this week, per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com. If things don't go as planned, Maher appears to be the contingency plan following his recent tryout.

Dec 19, 2019 2:18 PM EST


Let go by Cowboys

The Cowboys have released Maher, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Maher, who missed one of his two field-goal attempts in Week 14, made 20 of his 30 tries overall this season, while adding 36 extra points (in as many tries) prior to being cut. He'll be replaced by Kai Forbath.

Dec 9, 2019 10:31 AM EST


Facing more competition

The Cowboys are hosting free agent kickers for workouts Monday, indicating that Maher's tenure with the team may not be secure, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Maher has missed a league-leading 10 field goals this season, prompting Dallas to bring in Kai Forbath, Tristan Vizcaino and Nick Rose for workouts. The team also worked out three kickers last week. Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Cowboys may opt to cut Maher in the hopes of landing a more reliable kicker.

Dec 9, 2019 8:32 AM EST


May lose job after another miss

Coach Jason Garrett suggested Maher could lose his job after Thursday's poor showing against the Bears, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "We decided to give Brett an opportunity this week," Garrett said Friday. "It didn't work out. So we have to take a real close, hard look at that."

Analysis: The Cowboys brought in three kickers at the beginning of the week but decided not to sign any of them. Maher then missed another field goal in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears, pushing his league-high total to 10 misses for the season. Impressive leg strength may not be enough to save his job this time around, with the Cowboys presumably hoping to find someone more reliable.

Dec 6, 2019 9:03 AM EST


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