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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Redskins sign Billy Cundiff, release Graham Gano

The Washington Redskins have signed Billy Cundiff and released fellow place kicker Graham Gano, several people with knowledge of the moves said.

   The decisions mean the Redskins appear prepared to enter the regular season with Cundiff as their kicker. They come a day after the Redskins released Neil Rackers, who had been competing with Gano in training camp for the Redskins’ kicking job.

   Cundiff was released Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens.    He made 28 of 37 regular season field goal attempts for the Ravens last year. 

Cundiff said after the Redskins’ practice Tuesday that he’d heard from other NFL teams after he was released by the Ravens. But the Redskins told him that he would be their kicker entering the regular season without further competition, Cundiff said.

“We wanted to make sure we wouldn’t go somewhere where the rug would be pulled out,” he said.

Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the Ravens’ 23-20 loss at New England in last season’s AFC title game.

   He has connected on 76.7 percent of his field goals in eight NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Ravens.

   Gano made 31 of 41 field goal attempts for the Redskins last season. He had an NFL-high five field goal tries blocked. A tweet under his name on Twitter Tuesday morning said: “I would like to thank the Redskins organization for the 3 years I spent with them. I will miss my teammates and I wish you the best of luck!”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had left open the possibility Monday, after Rackers was released, that another kicker could be added.

   “There’s always a lot of possibilities that could occur before the first game with everybody at every position,” Shanahan said Monday.

   The Redskins apparently did not express interest in another veteran place kicker who was available, Olindo Mare. He was released Monday by the Carolina Panthers.

   Gano had said Monday he didn’t know at that point whether the Redskins would pursue another place kicker. “I don’t really focus on that,” Gano said then. “I haven’t talked to Coach about it or anything. I just feel blessed to have this opportunity to be on this team. I’m just preparing like it’s another week.”  The Redskins are scheduled to practice Tuesday. They close the preseason Wednesday at FedEx Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and open the regular season Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

 

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