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Steelers 2019 Free Agent Market Watch: The Kickers

BTSC highlights free agent kickers and whether or not they may be an option for the Steelers.

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The Steelers placekicking situation was the worst in the league last season. Chris Boswell, who signed a big money deal two weeks before the season began, was dreadful. His stat line read like a horror novel.

He made a mere 13-of-20 field goal attempts for a league-worst 65% and missed five extra-point attempts.

The Steelers claim to be bringing competition in for Boz, but with four years remaining on his might be less than significant talent-wise. Here are a list of who’s available.

Will Lutz - New Orleans Saints (RFA)

Lutz is one of the finest in the league at his craft. The 25-year old missed only two-of-30 kicks in 2018 and two-of-eight over 50 the previous two seasons.

Stephen Gostkowski - New England Patriots

Since 1996, the Patriots have had only two kickers. While it seemed that Adam Viniateri would be known as the greatest and most-tenured at his position in franchise history, Gostkowski has more seasons and a higher average (98.9% to 98.2%) booting near Boston. The guy is as solid as they come and could kick for years more.

Ka’imi Fairbairn - Houston Texans

Making 37 successful kicks of 42 attempts is pretty solid and Fairbairn has been very solid for Houston. At 25, he would be a solid sign.

Matt Bryant - Atlanta Falcons

Bryant is ancient for NFL standards, but not really so as a Kicker. Plus, he is still productive. The veteran made 20-of-21 and 4-of-5 over 50 yards in an injury-plagued season.

Kai Forbath - Jacksonville Jaguars

The Steelers could have had Forbath late last year, but let Jacksonville snag him up. The 31-year old had a very productive 2017 and hit four-of-five for the Jags last season.

Other Notable Free Agent Kickers

Sebastian Janikowski - Seattle Seahawks

Cody Parkey - Chicago Bears

Dan Bailey - Minnesota Vikings

Cairo Santos - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Phil Dawson - Arizona Cardinals