Dallas Cowboys Sign Kicker Brandon Aubrey for Training Camp Duel
In a move that was expected, the Dallas Cowboys have acquired the services of a new kicker, Brandon Aubrey. This signing comes just a few weeks after the start of the Oxnard training camp and is aimed at providing competition for Tristan Vizcaino. As a result, a kicker’s duel is set to take place once the team begins its activities in California.
Brandon Aubrey is not your typical football player. He started his career as a soccer player and even played for Toronto FC as the 21st pick in the 2017 Draft. However, he transitioned to American football and found success as a kicker for the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL between 2022 and 2023. Aubrey’s contract with the Stallions ended on July 3 of this year, and he wasted no time signing with the Dallas Cowboys just three days later.
During his time with the Stallions, Aubrey showcased his skills by making 14 of 15 field goal attempts and converting all 35 extra points. Now, the question remains whether he can replicate his success in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, especially considering his back-to-back championship wins with Birmingham.
The signing of Aubrey may come as a surprise, considering there are still veteran kickers available on the market, such as Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould. However, the Cowboys’ front office has a proven track record of making astute decisions, as seen with the signing of receiver KaVontae Turpin from the USFL last year. Turpin became a key player on the Cowboys’ special teams and exceeded expectations.
“It’s one of the great things these leagues offer,” said Stephen Jones, referring to the USFL, in June. “Just like we found Turpin last year, the staff is doing an excellent job evaluating all of these guys. We’ll see where we end up.”
The addition of Aubrey fills a void in the Cowboys’ roster ahead of the competitions in Oxnard. Now, the focus shifts to whether Aubrey can meet the organization’s expectations and outperform not only Vizcaino but also the veteran kickers who remain as free agents. These questions will linger until the team starts training in California. One thing is for certain, though – the kicker duel is set to be an intriguing battle to watch.