Igwebuike gets CFLs' pink slip


Donald Igwebuike, who missed a 21-yard field goal in Baltimore's 30-29 loss to Sacramento last Saturday, was released today by the CFLs.

The team's new placekicker is Charlie Baumann, signed after a workout this morning. The former New England Patriots kicker will play Sunday in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders.

Igwebuike's fall from grace was stunning and swift. The 33-year-old Nigerian hit 75 percent of his field goals (27 of 36) and scored 116 points in 10 games, but he missed two kicks in Saturday's loss.

When he fell attempting a 21-yarder in the game's final 39 seconds, Sacramento drove to the game-winning field goal.

The 21-yard attempt was the shortest miss of his seven-year pro career, and it came one week after his previous shortest miss, a 32-yarder against Shreveport.

Igwebuike had been almost automatic from 39 yards or closer, hitting 18 of 20. From 40 yards and deeper, he was nine-for-16.

Baumann played collegiately at West Virginia, and for CFLs coach Don Matthews in 1991 with Orlando in the World League. Aside from spending one season with the Patriots, he also had tryouts with three other NFL teams -- the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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