Dallas Cowboys also expected to release 1 of their 2 kickers
The Dallas Cowboys released running back Darren McFadden on Sunday and it appears that McFadden won’t be the only casualty of the upcoming week.
The McFadden move will become official on Monday and it’s also expected that kicker Mike Nugent will be released as well, according to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.
The Cowboys signed Nugent when kicker Dan Bailey hurt his groin late in October. The former New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals kicker appeared in four games for the Cowboys, making 7-of-9 field goals and all 8 of his extra points.
However, Bailey made his return on Thanksgiving day against the Los Angeles Chargers and appeared healthy despite not getting an opportunity to attempt a field goal or an extra point. That made Nugent expendable and lead to his inevitable release in favor of the Pro Bowl kicker who has been the starter in Dallas for 7 years.
Bailey is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history statistically, having made 89.9 percent of the field goal attempts he’s taken in his career.
The Cowboys will fill McFadden’s empty roster spot with former first-round pick Datone Jones on Monday. However, it hasn’t been reported what they’ll do with the roster spot created by Nugent’s release.
Update (10:55 a.m. CT): Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced on Sunday that the team will be filling Nugent’s roster spot by promoting running back Trey Williams from the practice squad for added depth, according to a report from Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.