Brett Maher

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

Brett Maher News

Cut by New Orleans

Maher was waived by the Saints on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Maher kicked in eight games for New Orleans in 2021 and went 16-for-18 on field goals and 10-for-12 on PATs, but Wil Lutz (abdomen) is set to return after missing the entire campaign. Maher made only 67 percent of his field goals with the Cowboys in 2019, but he could receive some interest on the open market after performing well as an injury replacement for the Saints.

Feb 22, 2022 2:43 PM EST


Stabilizes placekicking for NOLA

Maher converted 16 of 18 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 PATs over eight games in 2021.

Analysis: In a quest to replace Wil Lutz (abdomen), the Saints went through a pair of kickers before Maher arrived on the scene. While Maher fared much better than Aldrick Rosas or Cody Parkey, he probably didn't do enough to make New Orleans consider moving on from Lutz's admittedly expensive contract.

Jan 17, 2022 3:29 PM EST



Matches career high

Maher made four of four field-goal attempts but missed his lone PAT during Sunday's 18-10 win over Carolina.

Analysis: Maher has been one of the most active kickers in the league since Taysom Hill has taken over at QB. In four games with Hill as the starter, Maher has averaged three field-goal attempts per game with his only miss coming from beyond 50 yards. While he's now seven-for-nine on PATs through nine games, those blemishes can largely be overlooked given his otherwise perfect performance on short-to-mid range kicks. The Nebraska product will look to keep the good times rolling when New Orleans travels to Atlanta in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 12:35 PM EST


Makes only kick

Maher made his only field-goal attempt in Monday night's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Maher converted from 38 yards on his lone kick of the evening, scoring all of New Orleans' points for the game. He'll hope to get more chances in Week 17 versus the Panthers.

Dec 28, 2021 6:24 PM EST


Accounts for every point

Maher converted three of three field-goal attempts during Sunday's 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Neither team was able to get much going, but Maher was at least able to cap off three scoring drives from between 35 and 42 yards out. While fantasy owners have appreciated consecutive strong fantasy performances from the kicker, they should remember the three games before that when Maher totaled three field-goal attempts. He'll at least be a high-upside fantasy option when New Orleans matches up with Miami at home in Week 16.

Dec 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST



Perfect versus Jets

Maher made all three of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Maher converted from 23, 31 and 37 yards on his field goals, racking up his best point total with the Saints. Despite his impressive performance Sunday, his upcoming matchup versus the Bucs may present him fewer scoring opportunities.

Dec 14, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Bounces back after early miss

Maher made one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra points during Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Maher didn't start his night off great, as he missed a 56-yard field goal wide right during the Saints' second offensive drive of the game. However, the 32-year-old kicker was able to bounce back and connect on his remaining three kicks, including a 42-yarder that cut Dallas' lead to 13-10 in the second quarter. Since taking over in New Orleans, Maher has provided mediocre results, but his fantasy production is severely impacted by the Saints' inability to move the ball without Alvin Kamara (knee).

Dec 5, 2021 2:44 PM EST


No opportunities on Thanksgiving

Maher didn't attempt a field goal or PAT during Thursday's 31-6 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: New Orleans' Trevor Siemian-led offense had immense difficulty moving the ball against the Bills' elite defense. When the Saints were finally able to find the end zone, they went for two. As long as Alvin Kamara (knee) is sidelined and Siemian remains under center, Maher shouldn't be considered for fantasy purposes.

Nov 25, 2021 9:44 PM EST


Misses PAT in Saints debut

Maher converted his lone field-goal attempt but went two-of-three on PATs during Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Making his Saints debut, Maher's missed extra point blemished a modest performance that included a field goal of just 28 yards. If Alvin Kamara (knee) remains sidelined in Week 12, it may not be wise to see if a Trevor Siemian-led offense will present Maher with more opportunities against Buffalo's top-ranked defense.

Nov 21, 2021 5:50 PM EST


New kicker in NOLA

The Saints signed Maher off their practice squad Friday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: New Orleans waived Brian Johnson in a corresponding move, clearing the way for Maher to take over as the team's kicker beginning with Sunday's game in Philadelphia. It's the 31-year-old Maher's second stint on the roster in 2021, as he previously competed for the kicking job in the preseason before being waived in late August on an injury settlement. Over 29 career regular-season games -- all with Dallas -- Maher has converted at a subpar 74.2 percent clip on field-goal attempts, though he has 63- and 62-yard makes on his resume.

Nov 19, 2021 2:55 PM EST


Joins Saints practice squad

The Saints signed Maher to their practice squad Tuesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Maher has yet to kick in a game this season, though he spent time with New Orleans during the preseason prior to suffering an injury. He could become the team's new kicker as early as Sunday's matchup against the Eagles after Brian Johnson missed two extra-point attempts in Week 10 against the Titans.

Nov 16, 2021 12:09 PM EST


Works out with Cowboys

Maher will get a workout with the Cowboys soon, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Maher spent time with the Cowboys in 2018 and 2019. Most recently he spent training camp with the Saints, but he was waived with an injury settlement. Greg Zuerlein (COVID-19) is expected to miss Week 10 against the Falcons, sending the Cowboys looking for a replacement.

Nov 9, 2021 3:13 PM EST


Tries out with Indy

Maher (groin) had a workout with the Colts on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Maher spent time with New Orleans in training camp before suffering the groin injury and being cut, and he's now attempting to secure a job with a new team. The 31-year-old last kicked in 2019 for the Cowboys, going 20-for-30 on field goals while making all 36 PATs.

Oct 13, 2021 2:49 PM EST


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


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