The Dallas Cowboys released kicker David Buehler on Tuesday to create an extra $1.6 million in cap space to use in free agency this off-season. Buehler was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and served as the team’s kickoff specialist during his rookie and sophomore seasons in Dallas. Buehler missed the 2011 season due to injury and had his job taken away by rookie kicker Dan Bailey.
Buehler was a special teams ace for the Cowboys in 2009 and was promoted to field goals in 2010. The Cowboys weren’t satisfied with his 75 made percentage and signed Bailey after the 2011 NFL Draft. After Cowboys owner Jerry Jones blasted Buehler for not being shape the week he was placed on Injured Reserve, Dallas cut ties with the athletic kicker.
Buehler’s release will clear up cap space the Cowboys can add to the $8.016 million recovered by the release of cornerback Terence Newman. This extra salary cap space should go toward signing one or both free agent cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Brandon Carr and also an offensive guard like Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs.
Regardless of who the Cowboys add, Dallas was smart to rid itself of Buehler, who was simply taking up a roster spot. Bailey is the unquestioned franchise kicker in Dallas and Buehler’s active roster spot can be used to develop a younger player or sign an extra veteran in free agency. Jerry Jones has promised big things during the off-season for years and he’s at least prepared Dallas to make some big moves this time.