How much money does Brett Maher make at the Cowboys? Contract details and years left
The kicker’s performance in the Wild Card Round, left many questioning why he’s still on the roster and others questioning what kind of money he makes. While that’s a bit harsh, here’s a look at his deal anyway.
Talk about a bad day at work. Brett Maher’s performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was not so good, to say the very least. On four different occasions - an NFL record - the Cowboys kicker saw his attempts sail wide of the uprights, leaving many to wonder just how much longer will he be allowed to play on America’s team. With that in mind, we thought it a good time to take a look at his contract.
Brett Maher under the microscope
We have got to believe, that Brett Maher knew after the Cowobys’ win over Tom Brady and Co. last week, his name would be a talking point. Of course, the Cowboys managed to emerge victorious so the lynch mob was pacified to some extent, but rest assured, the four attempts that he missed did not go unnoticed. With that in mind, one can imagine that the fourth-year kicker has come under a great deal of scrutiny in recent days, with some questioning just how much longer the Cowboys will continue to keep him.
On the other hand, it has to be said that aside from his shocker of a game against the Bucs, Maher has actually completed 90.6% of his field goal attempts this season. In truth, he was more or less machine like from short range i.e., he missed just three attempts, while nailing every kick from inside 40 yards. At any rate, that’s the nature of elite professional sports, which is to say if you don’t perform you’ve got to go. None the less, what exactly does Maher’s contract look like and how does it matchup to other high-profile kickers in the league?
A look at Brett Maher’s contract
Despite the chatter about his worth vs the cost, Maher’s deal isn’t actually massive when compared with others out there. Signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent back in 2013, the Nebraska product earned just $965,000 in 2022, which it has to be said is quite a way away from what was earned by the likes of Justin Tucker, Younghoe Koo and Chris Boswell during the same period. That said, his contract is actually now set to expire with the conclusion of this campaign, which means he will have to renegotiate with the franchise, or find a new place to play.
Regarding the aforementioned equation of cost vs worth, let’s break it down. Across the league this year, he ranked 8th among kickers. Incidentally, he finished better than Tucker, Boswell and Koo, although it should be said that Tucker attempted 43 field goals in comparison to Maher’s 32. Most notably of course, there was a 60-yarder, but believe it or not, that’s not even his second longest field goal recorded. In 2019 and 2020, Maher scored from 63 and 62-yards respectively. At any rate, where present market value is concerned, Maher is worth approximately $3.6 million. When we consider the value of the position and what he brings to it, one could argue he’s actually a bargain. Yet, with the Cowboys now out of the postseason courtesy of a 49ers defeat, one has to imagine that Maher like some of his teammates will be once again under the microscope as the team looks to correct what went wrong this year.
Where does Brett Maher rank in salary?
It’s interesting to note, that despite all of the attention paid to Maher in recent days, the kicker doesn’t even enter into the top 10 for his position where salaries are concerned. Consider for a moment, that Justin Tucker who is largely considered the greatest kicker in NFL history, is on a salary of around $6 million a year. That’s almost twice the salary that Maher is earning which ranks him at around 28th on the list. Here’s a look at how the top 10 breaks down:
|1||Justin Tucker||$6 million|
|2||Chris Boswell||$5 million|
|3||Younghoe Koo||$4.85 million|
|4||Graham Gano||$4.67 million|
|5||Daniel Carlson||$4.6 million|
|6||Ka’imi Farbairn||$4.41 million|
|7||Jason Sanders||$4.4 million|
|8||Brandon McManus||$4.3 million|
|9||Mason Crosby||$4.3 million|
|10||Harrison Butker||$4.05 million|
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