Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Cundiff finds new home not far from Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Billy Cundiff didn't have to wait long to get a new kicking job in the NFL. He also didn't have to travel too far from his former team.
Not 24 hours after his release from the Ravens became official, Cundiff signed with the Redskins, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. That means a short drive down the interstate from Baltimore to Washington.
I'm sure as soon as word spread about the Cundiff signing, Ravens fans were scrambling to look at their schedule to see if they would get a chance to "say hello" to Cundiff after he missed that last-minute field goal that would have tied the AFC championship. Alas, the Ravens play at the Redskins in Week 14, which means Cundiff avoids a return trip to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. But, by that point in the season, there could be a large number of Ravens fans at FedEx Field if the Redskins are out of the playoff hunt.
"The decision is based on the fact that it's what we think is best for our team," Harbaugh said Monday about choosing undrafted rookie Justin Tucker over Cundiff. "We think going forward — in the long term — it's going to be best, and we also think [that] in the short term. Billy kicked very well, and I've said it many times, that he's a great person, he's a heck of a kicker. He's a huge part of what we accomplished here the last 2 1/2 years, and he'll always be remembered for that … But the change is made, and we're moving onto Justin. He's earned it by the way he kicked in camp. He won the competition, and that's why he's the kicker."