Cowboys add Texas Tech kicker Garibay as undrafted rookie

Texas Tech kicker Jonathan Garibay, whose 62-yard field goal last season was the longest last-minute game-winning kick in FBS history, is among 20 undrafted rookie free agents to accept contracts with the Dallas Cowboys.

Garibay’s kick came last against Iowa State in November, giving the Red Raiders a 41-38 win. It was the longest field goal in Texas Tech history and the longest by a Big 12 kicker since 1999.

After giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft but not being selected, Garibay should still have a shot at winning the job with the Cowboys.

Dallas released Greg Zuerlein in a cost-cutting move, but hoped to bring him back. Zuerlein signed with the New York Jets instead. Chris Naggar, a second-year pro, is the other kicker on the roster.

Garibay set another Texas Tech record by scoring his first 13 field goals last season. He went 15 of 16, the only miss being a 53-yard attempt on the final play of a 27-24 loss at Baylor two weeks after the 62-yard run.

The Cowboys also added one of their 30 pre-draft visits as an undrafted rookie at Florida A&M Markquese Bell safety.

Dallas has three undrafted offensive linemen, including centers Alex Lindstrom from Boston College and James Empey from BYU. Amon Simon of Division II Texas A&M-Commerce is the other. Tulsa tackle Tyler Smith was the Cowboys’ first-round pick.


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