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Dave Rayner Signs With Dallas Cowboys

A day after being released by the Detroit Lions, kicker Dave Rayner has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys.

This move was expected to happen and doesn't come as a big surprise considering Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly sent his private jet to Detroit to pick up Rayner. Clearly the Cowboys think he can take over their starting kicker job, and clearly they're not thrilled with the current make-up of the position right now considering a whopping five kickers are currently under contract.

The Cowboys have struggled to find a kicker that they can rely on for field goals, and now Rayner is joining a position group that already includes Shayne Graham, Kai Forbath, David Buehler and Dan Bailey. I like Rayner's odds if he kicks with the consistency we saw in Detroit in the latter half of last season.

The fact that the Cowboys have five kickers really makes me appreciate Jason Hanson. Despite the injuries in recent years, Hanson has been ol' reliable for the Lions, and it's nice that kicker is one position that Detroit hasn't had to worry about in a long, long time.