Billy Cundiff didn’t have to wait long, nor did he have to travel far, to get another kicking job.
Cundiff, whose contract was terminated by the Ravens on Sunday after he lost his job to undrafted rookie Justin Tucker, has agreed to sign with the Washington Redskins. The news was first reported by ESPN.
Washington reportedly has cut Graham Gano, who was believed to have won the kicking job when the Redskins cut Neil Rackers yesterday.
Gano was in competition for the Ravens’ kicking job before the 2009 season, but he was ultimately beaten out by Steven Hauschka. After Hauschka struggled, the Ravens brought in Cundiff, who was their kicker for three seasons before he was let go Sunday.
Cundiff, 32, was 54-for-66 on field-goal attempts over his past two seasons with the Ravens, but he’ll ultimately be remembered here for his 32-yard miss in the waning seconds of a 23-20 AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots.
The Ravens surely won’t be surprised by this news as they had said all along that they expected Cundiff to sign elsewhere.
“Billy kicked well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He could be the kicker here. He’ll definitely be the kicker somewhere else. He had probably his best camp that he’s ever had. So I think he deserves a lot of credit.”
The Ravens play the Redskins on Dec. 9 at FedEx Field, and the continuation of the Tucker-Cundiff competition promises to be an intriguing subplot in the game, assuming both remain in their current roles through the season.