Now, Cundiff's roster status has become a topic of serious debate following his missed chip shot in the AFC championship game as undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker has delivered a serious challenge to the veteran kicker.
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If the Ravens were to cut Cundiff, they would shed his $2.2 million base salary this year, but would also carry $600,000 in dead money against the salary cap this year and $1.8 million the following year because of the remaining proration of his $3 million bonus. Cundiff carries a $2.8 million salary-cap figure for this year, including his base salary and the $600,000 prorated portion of his signing bonus.
Currently $3.123 million under the NFL salary cap limit, the Ravens would save $1.81 million against the salary cap for this year by subtracting Cundiff's $2.2 million base salary and accounting for $600,000 in dead money against Tucker's $390,000 minimum rookie salary.
If he remains on the roster, Cundiff is due the following base salaries: $2.2 million in 2012, $2.3 million in 2013, $2.7 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015 for a total of $10.2 million in base salary and $12.6 million against the salary cap.
Tucker is signed to a three-year contract with no bonus and includes the following base salaries: $390,000 in 2012, $480,000 in 2013 and $570,000 in 2015.