The Ravens’ season ended with dual punches in the gut in the form of a dropped pass by Lee Evans and a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff.
Evans is gone from the team and Cundiff might not make it to Week One as the team’s kicker. John Harbaugh, speaking at the NFL owners meetings, said that the team is going to look for other kickers to compete with Cundiff over the summer.
“Yeah, we’ll probably bring the best group of players to camp that we can,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “If we can get a kicker that is capable of competing with Billy, we’ll do it. Do you have to draft a guy? Is there a free agent? Is there a guy that will be on the street? That’s kind of hard to determine. We want competition for pretty much every position. I say that so I’m not ruling anything out, but Billy is our kicker. And I would anticipate Billy will be our kicker for the opening game of the season. I think he’ll have a great preseason. I think he’ll have a great season next year, but everybody gets competition and he’s no exception.”
Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal — and missed it badly — with 11 seconds to play in the 23-20 AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots. After the game there was much discussion about Cundiff’s readiness to take the kick as well as Harbaugh’s decision not to call his final timeout when his team looked like they were rushing more than you might like before a kick of such importance.
Even without that miss, it would be a good idea for the Ravens to bring in competition for Cundiff, though. He missed 10 field goals last season, all of them on the road, and it would be foolish not to at least take a look at what else is out there before signing up for another year with Cundiff.