The Rams announced Monday they have agreed to contract terms with Lirim Hajrullahu, a Grey Cup hero in the Canadian Football League, and Austin MacGinnis, the leading field-goal kicker in the short-lived XFL, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The pair of kickers — both without NFL experience — will compete to fill the right shoe of Greg Zuerlein, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent March 27 after eight years with the Rams.
Hajrullahu, 29, kicked and punted for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season and tied for the CFL lead in field goals with 47 (85.5% of his attempts), including a 56-yarder. He’s best known in Canada for kicking the championship-winning, 32-yard field goal for the Toronto Argonauts in the final minute of the 2017 Grey Cup game.
MacGinnis, 24, all-Southeast Conference at Kentucky, went 10 for 10 with a longest field goal of 46 yards in five games with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades before the league stopped its season because of the coronavirus pandemic and ceased operations April 10.
MacGinnis had kicked for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football before that attempt at a spring football league folded in April 2019.
Both men’s field-goal accuracy in their most recent seasons compare favorably with Zuerlein’s 72.7% in 2019, his lowest in the the Rams’ four seasons in Los Angeles.
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