Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Redskins make a change at kicker
By Dan Graziano
The Washington Redskins have signed former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath, according to multiple reports and Forbath's own Twitter account. The Redskins have announced that Billy Cundiff, who has missed four field goal attempts in the past two weeks including a pair of 31-yarders, has been cut.
Forbath was the Lou Groza Award winner in 2009 and was with the Dallas Cowboys in training camp in 2011 but was injured and still has not attempted an NFL kick. So it's a flier, based on a tryout Tuesday that apparently included former NFL kickers Olindo Mare and Josh Brown. Possible this works out brilliantly. Possible the Redskins change kickers again in two weeks. Kickers must be one of the more frustrating things about being a builder of NFL rosters.
Anyway, on Cundiff: As we have discussed at length, the Redskins signed him at the end of the preseason because they wanted someone who could give them a touchback on pretty much every kickoff, and he did that. But when you sign a guy for kickoffs, you kind of do so under the presumption that he's going to make the 31-yarders, and he did not do that. So it's a don't-let-the-door-hit-ya scenario for the former Ravens kicker who set a league touchbacks record last year but also missed the kick that cost Baltimore a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Pretty rough eight and a half months for the guy, and it makes you wonder if he'll ever rediscover that touch.