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Del Greco signs two-year contract with Oilers

HOUSTON -- The Oilers signed kicker Al Del Greco to a two-year contract worth an estimated $300,000 Tuesday, one day after waiving Ian Howfield, who missed what would have been a game-winning field goal against Washington on Sunday.

Del Greco had planned to be in a sales training program in Birmingham (Ala.)

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Packaging Corp. Tuesday but instead he got a job as the Oilers' kicker.

'Basically, my life has had a 180-degree turnaround in the last day and a half for the better,' Del Greco said with a grin. The eight-year NFL veteran was cut by Phoenix in preseason.

Del Greco, 29, played with Green Bay for three seasons and the Cardinals for four. He comes to the Oilers having made 101 of 154 field goals and 221 of 227 extra points in his seven NFL seasons.

He is a 69 percent kicker from inside the 50 but has made just six of his 16 attempts of 50 yards or more. Del Greco said he was ready to retire from football and try sales until he saw Howfield miss the field goal.

'He's a good kicker, and I hope I can say that after every game,' Oilers General Manager Mike Holovak said of Del Greco.

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Holovak said he selected Del Greco over former Miami kicker Charlie Baumann because Del Greco has more experience. Former WLAF and New York Giants kicker Bjorn Nittmo and former LSU kicker David Browndyke, both left-footed kickers, were eliminated early from consideration.

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