The Baltimore Ravens parted ways with former Pro-Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff on Sunday.
The veteran kicker was outperformed by rookie Justin Tucker throughout training camp and the preseason. The writing may have been on the wall on Thursday when the Ravens decided Tucker would get all the kicks against the Jaguars.
The former Ravens kicker did little to help his cause after the game on Thursday by voicing his displeasure about not getting to kick. Cundiff told local media ”I’ve made about 90 percent of my kicks inside the 50-yard line the last two years, going 12 of 13 in the playoffs”. He added he’s also recorded the most touchbacks in the league over that time. Cundiff made 88-of-105 field goals (83.8 percent)in training camp practices and 2-of-2 in preseason games.
“I feel like if that’s not good enough, I’ll take my services elsewhere to be perfectly honest,” he stated to CSNBaltimore.com. Billy Cundiff was due $2.2 million in base salary before being cut, saving the Ravens about $1.81 million. Tucker is slated to earn $390,000 in 2012 so the financial side of business could have also played a part in the Ravens decision.