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49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff

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The kicking competition in San Francisco is officially over.

David Akers will continue to be the kicker for the 49ers as the team announced they have waived Billy Cundiff on Friday.

Cundiff was signed nearly three weeks ago amid concerns over Akers consistency over the final few games of the regular season. Akers missed 13 field goals during the regular season and had missed four kicks in the 49ers final three games.

San Francisco has carried both kickers on the roster since then but Cundiff was not active for the 49ers Divisional Round victory over the Green Bay Packers last week. Akers made his only field goal try of the game, a 36-yarder, and converted all six PATs in the 45-31 win over Green Bay.

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27 Responses to “49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff”
  1. tedmurph says: Jan 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    A preemtive move if I ever saw one.

  2. hendeeze says: Jan 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    Easiest 22k anybody can make for a weeks work

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:31 PM

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  4. azarkhan says: Jan 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    Maybe the Ravens can use him?

  5. decon49 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    noooooooooooooooooo!!

  6. BigRedRulesDaRoost says: Jan 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    So how much money did Billy Cundiff make riding the pine and breathing down Davis Akers neck?

  7. jrdnrnsm says: Jan 18, 2013 5:37 PM

    What a cundiff.

  8. watermelon1 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    This is a good omen for the Ravens heading into a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game!

    If this guy was still playing on a team and the Ravens lost… that would just be too much.

  9. reed20fence says: Jan 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    We forgive Billy. He’ll always be a Raven. We just can’t look at him.

  10. Deb says: Jan 18, 2013 6:11 PM

    Smart move to get rid of Cundiff before the championship game. After the game, it would be too late.

  11. lanman11 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:18 PM

    I can’t believe they would cut a guy right before they board the plane to the NFC Championship Game. No class! LOL!

    No chance now that Akers misses a game winner as time expires. None. No really…..

  12. letemplay says: Jan 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    Might have been some brotherly advice involved in this decision.

  13. myosin10 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:20 PM

    Smells like Cubdiff in here

  14. rjbell4 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    Just in time for the Ravens to resign him for a rematch versus the Patriots.

  15. JackAcid says: Jan 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    I think Harbaugh wanted to test Akers’ mettle.

    Akers could still blow it in the playoffs, but I don’t think Cundiff gave them any more confidence.

  16. theclaim says: Jan 18, 2013 7:11 PM

    Guy has been inconsistent since being a Cowboy. I cringed when the Skins signed him. Good kicker with confidence issues. Some team will start himnext season

  17. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 18, 2013 7:19 PM

    maybe we shouldve kept him. if akers misses 2 fg’s in the 1st half then i give cundiff a try at the 3rd attempt within the same distance. akers doesnt stir my world with confidence. im sure every 49er fan is a nervous trainwreck when akers steps on the field for a fg.

  18. bayoubob4 says: Jan 18, 2013 7:49 PM

    David Akers. Hmm. kicked the carolina panthers out of the super bowl just after they had taken the lead against the n.e. pats in houston in super bowl 38. can’t wait to see him again!!

  19. 8man says: Jan 18, 2013 7:50 PM

    watermelon1 says:
    Jan 18, 2013 5:43 PM
    This is a good omen for the Ravens heading into a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game!

    If this guy was still playing on a team and the Ravens lost… that would just be too much.
    ———————————————————–
    Grow up son! Your team is good enough to win this game without omens. Get off your knees, stop praying and stand wearing your purple with a beer in your hands and watch the game like a man.

    Signed

    A Patriots Fan

  20. Cereal says: Jan 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    Please dont tell me he’s flying to New England

  21. myosin10 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:06 PM

    Did we sign him so the Packers couldn’t?

  22. thatswhatsgooood says: Jan 18, 2013 9:09 PM

    Laces Out

  23. londonfletcher59 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:29 PM

    All you Ravens fans need to wake up and stop blaming that game on Cundiff. If Lee Evans doesn’t hang on to a td pass that hit him in the hands, that kick never needs to be attempted.

  24. londonfletcher59 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:31 PM

    *If Lee Evans hangs onto

  25. pinion8ted says: Jan 18, 2013 10:16 PM

    @ benroethlisberger7 :

    Steeler Nation wishes you would get a job, so you’d stay off the computer and no longer be an embarrassment to every other Steeler fan in the country

  26. deathonwings410 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:43 PM

    LOLOLOLOL

  27. 4thand29 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:09 PM

    reed20fence says:
    Jan 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    We forgive Billy. He’ll always be a Raven. We just can’t look at him.

    ————————–

    Speak for yourself. I certainly don’t wish anything bad on him, but I will never forgive him. An NFL kicker needs to make that chip-shot field goal that he shanked, no matter how much pressure there is.

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