The Ravens released PK Billy Cundiff on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. Rookie Justin Tucker likely will be the team’s kicker in 2012.
Cundiff won the Pro Football Weekly Golden Toe Award for his performance in 2010, when he converted 89.7 percent of his field goals and had 40 touchbacks on his kickoffs.
Last season, Cundiff was 28-of-37 on field-goal attempts, but will be most remembered for missing a 32-yard FG attempt late in the AFC championship game that would have tied the score. Converting the field goal would have sent the game into overtime; instead, the Patriots went to the Super Bowl.
Cundiff did not kick at all in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars and told reporters afterward that the decision “shocked” him.
Tucker has made all five of his FG attempts this preseason, including a 53-yarder against the Jaguars.
Cundiff, 32, has converted 76.7 percent of his career FG attempts. He played for the Cowboys, Saints and Browns prior to the Ravens.
The way we see it
Cundiff’s AFC title-game miss undoubtedly altered the course of his career with Baltimore, given the magnitude of the moment. He had reportedly kicked well in training camp, but Tucker was outstanding, giving Baltimore reason to make the change. Cundiff has the track record and leg strength to merit interest elsewhere, and a change of scenery is probably best.