The Los Angeles Rams released kicker Lucas Havrisik early Monday after a poor outing this past weekend against the New York Giants. Sean McVay met with media later in the afternoon and announced that the team plans to reunite with veteran kicker Brett Maher ahead of their Week 18 regular season finale versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Reunion: The #Rams are signing veteran kicker Brett Maher, Sean McVay said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 1, 2024
L.A. waived Lucas Havrisik today. Now the 34-year-old Maher, who kicked in seven games earlier this season, is back with the playoff-bound Rams. pic.twitter.com/r7CQsmu1jY
Maher joined Los Angeles just before the start of the regular season. He was with the Denver Broncos throughout training camp; however, Denver acquired Will Lutz from the New Orleans Saints via trade which made Maher expendable. Undrafted free agent rookie Tanner Brown had been LA’s kicker throughout training camp and the preseason after beating out fellow UDFA Christopher Dunn in offseason team activities.
The Rams’ first stint with Maher lasted seven games. The veteran had a poor outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers that saw Los Angeles on the wrong end of a closely fought matchup. Maher had kicked well from distance up to that point, but missed two kicks from beyond 50-yards as well as an extra point.
There’s a possibility he’ll have a chance for revenge against his 2022 team in the postseason, as the Rams will likely face either the Dallas Cowboys or the Detroit Lions in the opening round of the NFC wildcard. Maher played in Dallas last season but struggled in the playoffs where he missed five of six extra point tries across two games.
Even with Maher back in the building, it’s fair to expect the Rams to keep their options open—especially with the margins growing ever tighter as the playoffs draw near.
Can Maher bring stability at kicker with his second stint this season in Los Angeles?