SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday that will completely overcome battling veteran David Akers .
''He's exuberant considering the prospect for being prepared that will the actual crew in any kind of method they can that postseason,'' explained Cundiff's agent, Paul Sheehy. ''It's an awesome opportunity, using a great organization.''
The staff released that transfer each day after coach Jim Harbaugh claimed the fact that NFC West champ Niners (11-4-1) - off this kind of weeks time because NFC's No. couple of seed - designed to try out kickers due to Akers' lengthy periods of funk.
Cundiff seemed to be produced through the on Oct. 9 once not well-known a few regarding their twelve month period field goal attempts. He acquired already exercised as soon as to the Niners about Nov. 27 ahead of that they invited your pet again that time, when Harbaugh at first opted to be able to stick to Akers.
Now, Akers and also Cundiff will compete to find out who kicks within the team's NFC divisional playoff adventure in prime period Jan. 12 with Candlestick Park. San Francisco will enjoy Green Bay, Seattle or even Washington.
The 49ers vanished a area upon this 53-man roster for Cundiff simply by waiving linebacker Eric Bakhtiari. Players had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off before returning to practice Thursday - to ensure that is the first glance at both equally kickers together.
Cundiff used your 2009-11 seasons with all the Baltimore Ravens, who?re coached by way of Harbaugh's huge brother, John. But Cundiff ended up being reduce after previous season, when he or she missed a potential tying 32-yard arena goal from the concluding minutes in the AFC championship online game of which despatched New England into the Super Bowl.
Jim Harbaugh said Monday your dog might retain a couple of kickers about the roster and start a new competition.
''If all of us acquired two to the roster on the exact time, then they might start working practice,'' Harbaugh said. ''And that is an option. That's a new possibility. I think you will find several options. We proceed by using David. We carry from a brand-new kicker. Or, we've found a couple and let these people contend for any job. We'll create in which choice as all of us go.''
Akers, who made 44 of fifty two attempts throughout his fabulous 2011 year and first calendar year together with San Francisco, is usually just 29 for 42 that year. He is just 7 pertaining to 13 from 40-49 yards plus missed broad eventually left occasions from that will collection throughout Sunday's 27-13 victory versus Arizona with that regular-season finale.
The 38-year-old Akers brought in a three-year contract while arguably this 49ers' most important offseason exchange before 2011 season, apart from the hiring of Harbaugh. And he supplied at virtually any possibility - right up until recently.
He experienced a 21-yard endeavor blocked simply by Red Bryant in a very 42-13 decline at Seattle on Dec. 23, along with Richard Sherman made a comeback it three months back yards for your touchdown.
The 32-year-old Cundiff ties his / her sixth team in 10 NFL seasons. He has also trialled to get Dallas, New Orleans as well as Cleveland.