Archer: 5 Wonders: Time to look at Bailey's contract?

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Todd Archer |

    The contractual future of Anthony Spencer has been a hot topic this offseason, as has the future of Sean Lee. Personally, I don’t see a deal for Spencer before the July 15 deadline, but I can see Lee signed to a long-term deal before the season opener. What about Dan Bailey? I wonder if the Cowboys would look at tying up their kicker to a new deal. He is set to make $555,000 this year and become a restricted free agent after this season. The Cowboys have shown a willingness to get deals done on players before they become restricted free agents (Jermey Parnell and Phil Costa come to mind), so why not take care of Bailey? Considering how close games are every week, having a reliable kicker is a must. Bailey is just about as good as there is in the league.

    Center Travis Frederick worked with the starters from his first day of practice. Terrance Williams was with the first-team when the Cowboys went to their three-wide receiver set. Gavin Escobar did not knock James Hanna off his perch as the No. 2 tight end behind Jason Witten. I wonder if Hanna will hold on to that job longer than we think. Escobar got more work in the regular offense later in the minicamp, but Hanna has made it difficult for the second-round pick. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Escobar raised his level of play as camp went on, making a nice sliding catch for a touchdown. Too many times the Cowboys seem to hand people jobs, but Escobar will have to earn this one.

    I wonder if people are sleeping on Lance Dunbar a little bit. While Joseph Randle is the presumed backup to DeMarco Murray, Dunbar had a terrific offseason and has the trust of the guy who matters most in the offense. No, not Jason Garrett. Not Bill Callahan either. But Tony Romo.

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  2. VirusX

    VirusX Well-Known Member

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    I agree! Sign Bailey to a long term deal. He is the most solid kicker we have had in a LONG time.

    Lee should be a top priority. We cant afford to lose someone like him, he is on his way to a HOF career if he cant stay healthy.
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Sad thing is that kickers can go bad so fast.
  4. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Hall of Fame? LOL

    Let's reach the level of Dat Nguyen before we start talking about Hall of Fame.
  5. ndanger

    ndanger Active Member

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    Wow really? That's just a goofy statement.
  6. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    Post history.
  7. ilykdrama

    ilykdrama Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Lee is already as good as Dat in my opinion. Not better cause it hasn't been long enough but AS good.
  8. demirji22

    demirji22 Active Member

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    I agree we should sign him, but dont forget
    Nick Folk looked just as good until he lost "it".
    You remember that Buffalo game on Monday night that we had no business winning.
  9. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Yes. As we seem to see on our squad.
    Yes... Long term - but not large SB or anything extra in the $$ department.
  10. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Here's another writer who thinks the Cowboys' defensive line has the makings to be good and thinks there could be some decent depth there.

    Maybe the defense won't suffer adding that pass-rushing phenom in Floyd and his 4.5 college sacks. :D
  11. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I agree about re-signing Bailey. I haven't forgotten how miserable the kicking situation was before we found him.

    And I'm not eager to go back there.
  12. Dash28

    Dash28 Felis silvestris catus

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    He makes a lot of those.
  13. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Bailey is automatic... Love his calm cool demeanor!
  14. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    I agree that kickers can go bad without notice. But Bailey is in a different situation than Folk. Folk had surgery for a torn labrum in his hip before his third season, rushed his rehab and the hip didn't heal properly. That kind of injury for a kicker is potentially pretty bad - if it doesn't heal right, you can overcompensate and your mechanics change. He's been okay with the Jets but has never approached those first two years with Dallas.

    I'd like to see us extend Bailey soon.
  15. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't re-sign him before the season started.

    His price isn't going to skyrocket so might as well play it safe and make him start strong to get that contract.

    I like the guy and have more confidence in him than I have had in any kicker in a LONG, LONG time but he plays a cheap position and waiting doesn't hurt.
  16. VirusX

    VirusX Well-Known Member

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    That's 4.5 per game right?! :p:
  17. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    I agree - no big rush to lock up Bailey. Maybe late season offer a moderate priced extension. For as good as he has been he has missed a number of makeable kicks that would have won games: 49 yarder in Arizona, 50 yarder against the Ravens and the blocked FGA against the Giants in 2011 from about 49 yards. He has been good but not great and his accuracy tails off significantly at about 48 yards. Guys who are good from this distance with marginal kickoff legs and a so-so clutch kick record don't get huge contracts and aren't worth them. Having said that, I do think he is good kicker and is worth a moderate sized contract. I do like the idea of having that position settled for about 5 years with a modest signing bonus.
  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Bailey is very near automatic until you get to around 45 yards or so. So he deserves a GOOD contract but not a great one. Great ones should be for those guys that consistently hit on everything up to and over 50 yards.
  19. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Bailey is one of the very best players on this team and probably the most underrated of any of them.
  20. pancakeman

    pancakeman Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't everybody's?

    Like who?

    I wonder if your expectations are unrealistic.

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