Brett Maher against the Buccaneers. Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brett Maher (19) in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In January, Brett Maher had a nightmare postseason kicking for the Dallas Cowboys. Maher went 1-for-6 on extra-point attempts, and it particularly became a big NFL story when he missed his first four extra-point tries in the Cowboys’ 31-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round.

This offseason, the Cowboys decided to move on from Maher and brought in Tristan Vizcaino and Brandon Aubrey to battle for the kicking job.

Well, Maher has found a new home.

The Denver Broncos have signed Maher to a one-year deal, according to Broncos beat writer Mike Klis of 9NEWS.

As Klis notes, Maher was the New Orleans Saints’ kicker in 2021 while Sean Payton was head coach; Payton is now head coach of the Broncos.

While Maher is now known mostly for his struggles last postseason, he was actually a very effective kicker before that.

Maher made 29-of-32 field-goal attempts (90.6%) and 50-of-53 extra-point attempts (94.3%) with Dallas in the 2022 regular season. With the Saints in 2021, he went 16-of-18 (88.9%) on field-goal tries.

So, it’s possible that the 33-year-old rediscovers his high-quality kicking abilities under a coach he had success with before. Additionally, he went 9-of-11 on kicks of at least 50 yards last season with Dallas, and now he goes to the thin air in Denver where kicks get more distance.

Maher will enter a training camp battle with journeyman Elliott Fry for Denver’s starting kicker position.

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