Shocking development: Redskins Cut Billy Cundiff
By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: October 09, 2012
How many field goals can a veteran kicker miss before he's replaced?
In Washington, it looks like the answer is four. Billy Cundiff, who signed with the Redskins shortly after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens, missed three field goals against Tampa Bay in Week 4 before nailing the game-winner as time expired. That kick seemed to be enough to preserve Cundiff's job an extra week, but another missed field goal Sunday against Atlanta seems to have done him in.
The Redskins hosted a tryout on Tuesday, featuring veteran kickers Olindo Mare, Josh Brown and newcomer Kai Forbath. Forbath kicked for UCLA and went undrafted in 2011. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, but spent the season on injured reserve. Of the three kickers, he seems to have impressed the Redskins front office the most, despite never registering a regular season NFL kick.
Washington has since since released Cundiff, bringing his brief Redskins tenure to a close and adding to a year of frustration for the veteran. Cundiff was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season, but gained intense notoriety after missing what would have been a game-tying field goal in January's AFC Championship against the New England Patriots. The Ravens have moved on, finding success with rookie Justin Tucker, who has missed just one field goal to date. What's next for Cundiff? He may be finished; his league-worst 58.3 field goal percentage isn't likely to entice the 30 other NFL teams.
Kim O'Hara is the Associate Editor of TheFootballGirl.com. She is an avid fan of sports in general, but the NFL in particular. She has also been a contributor to ESPN the Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @arahomik
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