Veteran kicker Neil Rackers told a Houston television station that he’d agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins as a free agent to compete with Graham Gano for the Redskins’ kicking job.
The Redskins did not immediately confirm the deal Tuesday evening.
But Rackers told KRIV-TV that he’s “headed to Washington” after meeting Monday with Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and special teams coach Danny Smith.
“We’re going to see what happens, but it seems like the best opportunity for me and my family at this point,” Rackers told the TV station. “There’s more upside, more opportunity for advancement in Washington.”
Rackers called Gano “an established, good kicker” and said he’ll compete with Gano for the job in D.C. He told the Houston TV station he didn’t receive the multi-year contract offer from the Texans that he said he’d been promised.
Rackers connected on 32 of 38 field goal attempts last season for the Texans. He has been successful on 80 percent of his field goal tries in 12 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Texans.
Gano connected on 31 of 41 field goal attempts last season for the Redskins.