Rackers, a 13-year veteran, was signed over the offseason to battle with Gano for the place-kicking duties. He and Gano — entering his fourth NFL season — went back and forth during training camp and the preseason with neither seeming to hold a significant advantage over the other.
Rackers attempted the only two field goals of the preseason two weeks ago, making one inside 30 yards and missing a 54-yarder. But he now has been released, according to a person with knowledge of the move.
Gano had made extra point attempts, but hadn’t gotten a chance to kick a field goal.
Rackers is the first known casualty of the first round of roster cuts. NFL teams must get down from 90 to 75 players by 4 p.m.