The New York Giants may have potentially found their new kicker of the future.
Giants announced they have signed former Cowboys kicker David Buehler.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2013
The 26-year-old kicked for the Cowboys from 2009-2011, but was out of football during the 2012 season.
In 2011, Buehler was placed on injured reserve when he tore his adductor muscle, which required surgery.
While with the Cowboys, Buehler split duties with Dan Bailey, as Bailey handled the field-goal duties while Buehler handled kickoffs.
The reason behind that move was due to the fact that Buehler was 24-for-32 in 2010 in field-goal attempts.
Plus, after landing on IR with the leg injury, Bailey ended up with the kicking job full-time, and the Cowboys simply let Buehler go after the 2011 season was over.
So now Buehler will have an opportunity to win the starting kicker job in New York, especially now that longtime Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is a free agent.
Tynes has been the Giants kicker for the past six years and kicked the two game-winning NFC Championship field goals that sent the Giants to the Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011.
But the 35-year-old Tynes also suffered from inconsistency down the stretch of the season and missed some important field goals for the Giants.
There's always a chance that the Giants do bring Tynes back, and adding Buehler could create a competition for the job during training camp and preseason, but the addition of Buehler could really mean that Tynes might not be back next season.
The Giants have already had to make three tough decisions in cutting veterans Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty last week.
Plus, longtime defensive end Osi Umenyiora is not expected back with the team due to the fact he wants more money and playing time.
Now, it looks like Tynes could be joining his former teammates in looking for a new home in 2013.