Cowboys kicker concerns: Greg Zuerlein takes uneven 2021 campaign into playoffs, team needs insurance

As the NFL postseason prepares to make landfall 10 days from now, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves hoping to repair some obvious offensive issues that could be made more challenging by the loss of game-breaking wideout Michael Gallup with a torn ACL. But that’s not the only thing that needs some attention. Their special teams unit has been mostly stellar this season, but the weakness in that phase of the game has been kicker Greg Zuerlein, who’s been exceedingly boom or bust in 2021.

Zuerlein, who signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract in 2020 that ultimately supplanted the newly signed deal for incumbent kicker Kai Forbath, has both been responsible for helping the Cowboys win games this season as well as helping to cost them victories when they could least afford it. Returning from a back injury that landed him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list in training camp, the 34-year-old missed two field goal attempts and a PAT attempt in the Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a seven-point dent in a contest the Cowboys lost by two.

As insurance against it happening again, and despite their initial vote of confidence…

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