Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Redskins Release Cundiff, Sign Forbath

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Forbath, 25, was 90% for the Bruins his junior year. (Photo: John Martinez Pavliga)
The Redskins have officially signed their fourth kicker this season and their 19th kicker since 1994. Today, the team signed kicker Kai Forbath and released Billy Cundiff. Dan Hanzus has the full report here.

This was expected. After Cundiff started the season 4/4 against the Saints, it looked as though the Redskins might have found their kicker of the future. Cundiff then went 3/8 over the next four games including 1/4 against the Buccaneers and 1/2 against the Falcons. All in all, Cundiff took 15 points off the board all by himself this season.

Following the game against the Falcon this past Sunday, the Redskins announced that they would be holding tryouts for what was becoming a vacant place kicker position. Even former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley was getting in on the fun when he told reporters that he could probably make field goals from 30-40 yards away.

Today, however, the Redskins welcomed Olindo Mare, Josh Brown, and Kai Forbath to Redskins Park for a duel to the death!...okay, a competition to see who would become the next, and 19th since 1994, kicker for the Washington Redskins.

And the winner is....drum roll please!!!!!!.................

The Redskins decided to go with UCLA grad Kai Forbath. In his four year career for the Bruins, which ended in 2010, Forbath went 86/101 with a career percentage of 85 percent. More importantly, Forbath missed just one field goal from 30-39 yards away (29/30). He has a career long of 54 yards and was 28/31 his junior year.

At this point, it won't take much for the Forbath to make Redskins fans and coaches happy. Cundiff was awful once he got inside of 40 yards. Twice, the former Raven's Achilles heel missed from 31 yards away this season. Those intermediate distance kicks will be the ones attempted most often. If Forbath can connect on all of those, he'll make it on the Redskins.

Make this take number 19 on the Redskins finding a successful, accurate, and consistent kicker. They decided to go with some fresh blood on this one. This weekend, we'll get our first look at the new kicker when the Redskins play the Vikings.

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Source: NFL.com