Dallas Cowboys

The Top 10 Kickers in the History of Your Dallas Cowboys

Already with company in training camp in the form of free agents Dan Bailey and Kai Forbath, David Buehler's job as Cowboys' kicker became more tenuous Tuesday when the team signed veteran Shayne Graham.

Graham made his name with the Bengals from 2003-09, and last year was 12 of 12 for the Patriots in the regular season and 2-2 in their playoff loss to the Jets. This preseason he missed kicks from 49 and 29 yards in the Redskins' opener and was released.

He's a veteran with big-game experience, something the Cowboys might settle for in the wake of draft picks Nick Folk and now Buehler not exactly answering their kicker question.

Amazing how kickers are merely afterthought interchangables in the NFL, and how most -- other than Jason Elam with the Broncos or the Redskins' Mark Moseley or the Raiders' George Blanda and Sebastian Janikowski -- don't stick with one team long enough to form an identity.

How important are they? I'm saying a kicker is more important than a baseball closer. Because while a good closer will seal the deal on maybe 45 wins (about 1/4th of his team's games), a kicker might have a foot in half his team's outcomes. For example, last season seven of the Cowboys' 16 games -- including the final six under Jason Garrett -- were decided by 3 points or less.

From the first (Fred Cone) through the most recent (Graham), a look at the best feet in Cowboys' history.

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Richie Whitt
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