Kai Forbath

Kai Forbath

Place Kicker #2
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 191 lb.
College:UCLA
Age:32
Born:September 2, 1987
Drafted:2011 / UDFA

Kai Forbath: Cut by Cowboys

Forbath was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The writing appeared to be on the wall as soon as the Cowboys signed Greg Zuerlein to a three-year, $7.5 million contract in March. Forbath, who posted a perfect 11-for-11 on field goal attempts with the Cowboys and Patriots in 2019, has plenty of experience at the NFL level and given the uncertain nature of the 2020 season, it's entirely possible the eighth-year kicker could find a new home before the end of training camp.

August 1, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Facing job competition

The Cowboys signed Greg Zuerlein to challenge Forbath for the placekicker job, Patrik Walker of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: A three-year, $7.5 million contract makes Zuerlein the presumptive favorite, even though Forbath converted each of his 10 field-goal attempts and each of his 10 PATs in three games with the Cowboys late last season. Forbath owns the superior mark for career field-goal percentage (86.8), but Zuerlein has the bigger leg and the bigger contract.

March 27, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Sticks in Dallas

The Cowboys re-signed Forbath on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After getting a one-game audition with the Patriots during Stephen Gostkowski's (hip) absence, Forbath served as the Cowboys' kicker for the final three games of the season. Overall, he didn't miss a kick with the latter organization, making all 10 field-goal attempts and all 10 point-after tries. While the three-game sample size is small, he may not endure too much, if any, competition for the gig in Dallas in 2020.

March 18, 2020 1:53 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Perfect in three games for Dallas

Forbath finished the 2019 season going 10-for-10 on field goals and 10-for-10 on extra points in three games for the Cowboys.

Analysis: The journeyman kicker was unemployed to begin the season, but after proving himself in a one-game audition with the Patriots after Nick Folk underwent an appendectomy, Forbath was picked up by the Cowboys as a replacement for the erratic Brett Maher and was perfect down the stretch as Dallas pushed in vain for a playoff spot. He's played for six teams since making his NFL debut in 2012, so the 32-year-old will have a short leash with the Cowboys and could well face significant competition in training camp next year, but his performance should at least secure him an opportunity to win the starting job in 2020.

January 1, 2020 10:25 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Converts three FGs

Forbath made all three field-goal attempts during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Forbath converted attempts from 32, 49 and 49 yards as the Cowboys' offense struggled throughout the contest. The 32-year-old is now 6-for-6 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points in his two games with Dallas.

December 24, 2019 8:16 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Strong Dallas debut

Forbath was 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-5 on extra points in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.

Analysis: In his first action since taking over for Brett Maher as the Cowboys' placekicker, Forbath connected on more kicks from 40-49 yards (two) than Maher had managed all year (one). In wasn't an entirely successful Dallas debut, as Forbath did put two kickoffs out of bounds, but he did more than enough to give the team confidence in his abilities heading into a Week 16 clash with the Eagles that could determine who wins the NFC East.

December 16, 2019 7:34 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Signs with Cowboys

Forbath signed a contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys waived Brett Maher, who leads the league with 10 missed field goals this season, in a corresponding move. Forbath has only appeared in one game this season, with the Patriots in Week 13, during which he made his sole 23-yard field-goal try and one of two extra-point attempts. He's on track to handle kicking duties for Dallas during Week 15's clash against the Rams.

December 9, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Working out with Dallas

Forbath will work out with the Cowboys on Monday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys' current kicker, Brett Maher, has been inconsistent this season, and those issues have loomed large lately, connecting on just four of eight field goals over the past three games. As a result, Maher's on the brink of losing his job, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, so Forbath and Tristan Vizcaino will try out to fill into that role. Forbath has only played in one game this season, making his lone field goal but missing one of two extra-point tries.

December 9, 2019 7:32 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Waived by New England

The Patriots have waived Forbath, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Forbath, who made a 23-yard field goal and one of two extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, was let go to make room for the team's waiver claim of defensive tackle Albert Huggins. The Patriots will now need to look for another kicker (Forbath was the fourth of the season for the team) in advance of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

December 2, 2019 3:08 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Yanks extra-point try

Forbath connected on a 23-yard field goal and one of two extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: After the Patriots cut Nick Folk (abdomen) on Friday, Forbath geared up as the team's fourth kicker of the year. Forbath opened the scoring with a field goal on the Patriots' first offensive drive, but he missed an extra point in the third quarter. For now, Forbath will remain with the team ahead of Week 14's clash against the Chiefs.

December 2, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Officially signs with Patriots

Forbath signed with the Patriots on Friday.

Analysis: It was reported Thursday that Forbath was expected to join the Patriots, and that's exactly what happened Friday. Forbath will assume the team's kicking duties from Nick Folk, who underwent an appendectomy recently and was released in the corresponding roster move.

November 29, 2019 8:26 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Expected to sign with Patriots

The Patriots are expected to sign Forbath, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Nick Folk slated to miss time following an appendectomy, Forbath is now in line to serve as the Patriots' fourth kicker this season. He's thus on track to kick for the team Sunday against the Texans and possibly also in Week 14 against the Chiefs, if Folk remains sidelined.

November 28, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Cut by Jags

The Jaguars released Forbath on Tuesday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Forbath was a late-season injury replacement for Josh Lambo (groin), who signed a four-year extension with the Jaguars last week. The 31-year-old kicker shouldn't have too much trouble finding a chance to compete for a starting job, as he's converted 85.7 percent of field-goal attempts in his career, including 11 of 18 from 50-plus yards.

February 19, 2019 12:26 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Scores lone points Week 17

Forbath made his lone field-goal attempt in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Forbath again handled kicking duties with Josh Lambo (groin) sidelined, and took advantage of his lone opportunity during the first quarter with a 25-yard field goal. The Jaguars offense may as well have remained on the sideline, as it had 119 total yards and averaged 2.5 yards per play Sunday. Forbath is set to return to free agency after converting four of five field goals and all three PATs in three games as a fill-in with Jacksonville.

December 31, 2018 4:13 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Kicking again Week 17

Forbath will handle kicking duties for the Jaguars in Sunday's season finale against the Texans, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Josh Lambo (groin) was again ruled out, providing Forbath another opportunity to kick for Jacksonville. The 31-year-old has made three of four field-goal attempts and all three PATs in his two games as a fill-in for the Jaguars. Forbath's fantasy outlook remains limited given the team's offensive struggles throughout the season.

December 28, 2018 9:36 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Totals five points in win

Forbath made both attempted extra-point attempts and converted one of two field-goal attempts in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Dolphins

Analysis: Forbath came up short on a 56-yard field goal at the end of the first, and made a similar-length attempt from 57 yards with the Saints in 2015. The 31-year-old could kick again for the Jaguars in Week 17 if Josh Lambo (groin) is unable to return from his two-week absence.

December 24, 2018 3:45 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Slated for Week 16 kicking duties

Forbath will serve as the Jaguars' kicker in Sunday's game against the Dolphins with Josh Lambo (groin) ruled out, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Forbath will fill in for Lambo for the second straight week after connecting on both of his field-goal tries and his lone extra-point attempt in the Dec. 16 loss to Washington. Given the ugly state of the Jacksonville offense under the stewardship of quarterback Cody Kessler, Forbath should be viewed as a low-end fantasy kicker for Week 16.

December 21, 2018 10:13 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Totals seven points

Forbath made both field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Redskins.

Analysis: Forbath converted field goals from 33 and 41 yards and was lucky to have that much action given the ineffectiveness of the Jaguars offense (the lone touchdown was scored via punt return). The 31-year-old performed well in place of Josh Lambo (groin) and should remain with the team as long as he remains sidelined.

December 17, 2018 4:22 PM EST

Kai Forbath: Set to fill in Sunday

Forbath will kick for the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Forbath gets the nod, with Josh Lambo inactive Sunday due to a groin injury. Forbath is thus an option for those scrambling for a Week 15 kicker, but he's a speculative fantasy option due to the state of Jacksonville's offense.

December 16, 2018 8:50 AM EST

Kai Forbath: Added as insurance

The Jaguars have signed Forbath, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Josh Lambo's status for Sunday's game against Washington not yet determined, the Jaguars brought Forbath in as an insurance policy. To date, Lambo has logged 76 points in 13 games while working behind a Jacksonville offense that is 30th in the NFL with 16.3 points per game.

December 14, 2018 9:30 AM EST

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