Redskins sign kicker Kai Forbath [updated]

Update 4:11 p.m.:The Redskins also announced that they have released backup outside linebacker Markus White and signed outside linebacker Mario Addison off the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad. Addison has played in 10 games over the last three seasons with Chicago and Indianapolis.

Update 3:41 p.m.: The Redskins confirmed that Forbath has been signed and Cundiff has been cut.

The Washington Redskins have signed former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath, who beat out veterans Olindo Mare and Josh Brown in a tryout Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the Redskins decision.

Billy Cundiff missed four field goals in the last two weeks. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

An All-American and winner of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award in 2009, Forbath was signed by Dallas after he went undrafted in 2011, but spent the year on injured reserve.

Forbath tweeted: “Couldn’t be more excited to join Redskins nation! #HTTR”

 He made five of five field goal attempts for Tampa Bay this preseason, including a long of 55. But the Bucs have a strong kicker in Connor Barth, who has made nine of nine kicks, including a 57-yarder, this season.

In signing Forbath, the Redskins opted for youth over experience. Mare is a 15-year veteran and Brown has nine NFL seasons under his belt.

 The Redskins entered the season hoping for better consistency in the kicking game. They staged a preseason competition between Neil Rackers and Graham Gano, but wound up cutting both. They signed Billy Cundiff two days after the Baltimore Ravens cut him. But Cundiff missed three out of four field goal attempts two weeks ago, and this past week missed a 31-yard field goal.

The Redskins released no official word on Cundiff, though they are expected to cut him. Cundiff declined comment when reached by the Post.

In four seasons at UCLA, Forbath made 84.2 percent of his kicks, including 10 of 13 beyond 50 yards. As a high schooler in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Forbath made a 57-yard field goal.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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