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49ers try out Billy Cundiff, Justin Medlock with David Akers struggling


The San Francisco 49ers are entertaining the possibility of making a change at kicker after David Akers missed a pair of field goals against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Akers missed from 44 and 40 yards out in Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Cardinals to clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye. Akers missed 13 field goals on the season and has missed four field goal attempts in the last three games.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers brought in Billy Cundiff and Justin Medlock for tryouts on Monday.

Cundiff had previously had a workout with the 49ers earlier in the year due to Akers’ prior struggles. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday they may elect to sign a second kicker to the roster or replace Akers outright.

Akers connected on his first five field goals of the season including an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal in the 49ers season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Since then he’s made just 24 of 37 field goal attempts for a very pedestrian 65-percent.

Cundiff was released by the Baltimore Ravens during training camp after being beat out by rookie Justin Tucker. Cundiff signed with the Washington Redskins and made just seven of 12 field goals in five games before being released again.

Medlock began 2012 with the Carolina Panthers and appeared in 10 games before being released. Medlock missed a field goal try in three straight games before Carolina turned their kicking duties over to Graham Gano.

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23 Responses to “49ers try out Billy Cundiff, Justin Medlock with David Akers struggling”
  1. orivar says: Jan 1, 2013 2:04 AM

    Oh Jim Harbaugh, you’re doing your best to not make any friends.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Jan 1, 2013 2:27 AM

    Cundiff? I guess Ray Wersching and Jan Stenerud aren’t available?

  3. Young Hunter says: Jan 1, 2013 2:33 AM

    I would be happy with them going forward with their terrible kicker.

  4. lightcleric says: Jan 1, 2013 2:34 AM

    “Man, our kicker’s been unreliable, let’s try out Billy Cundiff.”

    Methinks Harbaugh was hitting the eggnog a bit early this year.

  5. norcalmafia says: Jan 1, 2013 2:49 AM

    What the hell is up wirlth all these Seahawk fans all of the sudden..They were always a lame team from a lame city that has never won a thing…Now all of the sudden their some popular team? Hahaha Seattle and the Seahawks will always be the “almost” version of Frisco and the 49ers..

  6. charleslouis99 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:04 AM

    swapping cundiff for akers is really quid pro quo. I’d keep akers. he did tie the longest kick record way back in week one. tough situation

  7. havoc21221 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:12 AM

    lol… damn pretty desperate to try out cundiff maybe they are tryin to JUST miss the super bowl

  8. joe400e says: Jan 1, 2013 3:28 AM

    About Damn time!

  9. calicokiller49 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:39 AM


  10. 209erfan says: Jan 1, 2013 4:03 AM

    I’d go with medlock…the guy was an all american kicker at ucla and had some solid years in the cfl and he can’t be worse than akers is right now

  11. larrydavidstern says: Jan 1, 2013 4:15 AM

    How in the world does billy cundiff keep getting try outs!? Mindblowing!

  12. patsfan22 says: Jan 1, 2013 4:42 AM

    Try out new kickers, completely understandable considering the way Akers has performed this season. But Cundiff??? Come on…

  13. flaccodelic says: Jan 1, 2013 7:52 AM

    Hey Jim Harbaugh, ask your brother how things work out when you count on Cundiff.

  14. jakec4 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:22 AM

    Cundiff turned into a basket case after missing that kick in the AFC Championship, then basically said “screw you” when the Ravens went with the kid Tucker. Cundiff is damaged goods in a big way, and if I were a betting man I’d say he hasn’t missed his last kick. Hopefully the 49ers don’t give him that chance. Cundiff’s head isn’t right.

  15. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:22 AM

    Trying out Cundiff at kicker would be like trying out
    Tebow at QB. Entertaining for a while, but ultimately futile.

  16. jmclarkent says: Jan 1, 2013 8:35 AM

    I wonder Ray Finkle is available.

  17. jredshoes says: Jan 1, 2013 8:42 AM

    Medlock was cut by the Chiefs at one point. Just saying

  18. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2013 9:20 AM

    Niners will lose in playoffs because of their kicker

  19. electionconfidential says: Jan 1, 2013 9:22 AM

    You’re worried Akers might miss a big one in the playoffs so you bring in Billy Cundiff?

  20. rayguyreturns says: Jan 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    We’ll trade you Jano for Patrick Willis straight up.

  21. pravin68 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    Jeff Reed

  22. beauregard says: Jan 1, 2013 2:09 PM

    In the playoffs the competition is much tougher and the scores are closer. The kicking game becomes paramount. It is never a good thing to go into the playoffs with questions about this position. I hope to God the 49’ers don’t lose a game by 2 points because of a missed field goal.

  23. oaktown49er says: Jan 1, 2013 3:03 PM

    jmclarkent says:
    Jan 1, 2013 8:35 AM
    I wonder Ray Finkle is available.
    Hilarious, but seriously Ray Finkle is still doing time for kidnapping Dan Marino. Also, Marino was responsible for the miss, if Andy Lee was holding Finkle would be a hero.

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