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El Kabong

Bailey signs 7 yr cantract

The Cowboys made a long-term commitment Thursday to one of their most reliable players, signing kicker Dan Bailey to a seven-year deal worth $22.5 million, according to a league source.

The contract, structured to include a six-year extension that begins in 2015, runs through 2020 and comes with $7.5 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus. Bailey, who will turn 26 on Sunday, was set to become a restricted free agent.

A team captain, Bailey has developed a reputation as a consistent performer. During his career he has converted 90.8 percent of the 98 field goals he has attempted.

He has also never missed a point-after try.

“He’s a great kicker,” head coach Jason Garrett said in November. “He does what he does maybe as well as anyone does what they do on our football team.”

Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in July 2011, Bailey has been an essential component of the Cowboys, who have played 22 regular-season games decided by seven points or fewer dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign – the most in the league the last two seasons.

During his short tenure with Dallas, Bailey established a club record by making eight game-winning field goals.

He has also improved dramatically on kickoffs – a duty he did not carry out at the outset of his career because his leg strength was seen as lacking. This season Bailey was tenth in the league in touchback percentage, producing a better rate than some of the league’s accomplished veterans, including Sebastian Janikowski, Phil Dawson and Robbie Gould.
MrMiyamoto

You can't fault the Cowboys for wanting to lock up the most consisten player on the team, but the money used to seal him up (while menial overall) would be nice to have in the coming years of cap hell.
BluenSilver4evr

Big changes are coming, some people are going to be very disappointed, I'll just sit back and watch blackeye

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