(NEW YORK) — After enjoying incredible stability with their kicking game last season, the San Francisco 49ers find themselves in an unexpected situation. The team has signed kicker Billy Cundiff as current kicker David Akers’ continues to struggle.
In 2011, his first season with the 49ers, Akers enjoyed arguably his best season as a pro. He attempted a career-high 52 field goals and made a career high 44 of them. He even made nine field goals from 50+ yards out. He led the NFL in scoring with 166 points.
But this season has been a disaster for the usually reliable Akers. He only made 29 out of 42 kicks, which is a 69.0 percentage. That would be by far the worst mark of Akers’ career since becoming a full-time kicker with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2000.
Meanwhile, Cundiff previously spent time with the Washington Redskins. He appeared in 5 games and made just 58.3 percent of his kicks. He has a career kicking percentage of 75.5.
Cundiff won’t replace Akers right away, but the two will compete in practice to determine the team’s kicker going forward.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire