Niners release K Pochman, sign K Peterson

Updated: October 28, 2003, 6:08 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - As expected, the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday released kicker Owen Pochman.

A major disappointment since signing with the Niners on September 16 to replace Jeff Chandler, Pochman missed seven field goal attempts in his last four games.

Pochman's struggles were magnified in Sunday's embarrassing 16-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He missed his only two field goals, including a potential go-ahead 35-yard attempt with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, then sent the kickoff in overtime out of bounds to help set up the Cardinals' winning score.

Overall, Pochman made just 8-of-15 field goal attempts. Prior to getting released, Chandler was 6-of-7, but coach Dennis Erickson was unhappy with his distance.

Now Erickson turns to veteran Todd Peterson, who was his kicker with the Seahawks while Erickson was coach from 1995-98. During his time with Seattle from 1995-99, Peterson connected on 126-of-154 field goals.

Peterson spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, going 12-of-21 on field goals. He also has played for Arizona and Kansas City in his career and made 182-of-234 field goal attempts.

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