The Baltimore Ravens decided to cut ties with K Billy Cundiff this preseason. Cundiff, once a top tier kicker in the league was beaten out by a rookie kicker during the Ravens preseason. Cundiff was quickly snapped up by the neighboring Washington Redskins but is now unemployed.
Billy Cundiff missed the field goal in last year’s AFC Championship game which would have sent the game to overtime, but he shanked the kick. His kicking prowess has gone out the window this season and he seems shaken by a lack of confidence. He missed three field goals two weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Cundiff missed another short yardage field goal.
The Redskins replaced Cundiff with Kai Forbath. Forbath spent some time on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this preseason. Forbath kicked exceptionally well for the Buccaneers, but was unable to unseat PK Conner Barth, who has a streak of 25 consecutive field goals for the Buccaneers currently. Forbath can step in for punting duty as well, if needed.
Reports suggest the Redskins also worked out veteran K Olindo Mare and Josh Brown before inking Forbath to a deal.
The Redskins have been a competitive team this year under the leadership of rookie QB Robert Griffin III, and a solid kicking game is a requirement for young teams playing close games.