Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/1/13
David Akers has not been great as the 49ers’ kicker this season. He nailed a record-tying 63-yard field goal in the season opener (which led to a bit in Sports Illustrated’s expose on 63-yarders) but soon tumbled back to the uneven form that led to his exit from the Eagles after the 2010 season. He has missed 13 field goals this year, including four in the last three games, and has the 49ers a little nervous heading into the playoffs. So San Francisco has decided to bring in a couple of kickers to audition to back up or replace Akers, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Here’s the catch: One of the kickers getting a tryout is none other than Billy Cundiff. Now, Cundiff is not a bad kicker. To get to the NFL, you have to be pretty decent, and Cundiff has forged a nine-season career in which he has bashed 139 of his 184 kicks, including a perfect mark from 30 yards or less. But Cundiff is also well-known to even the casual NFL fan, which is generally not a good thing for a kicker. Cundiff’s foot was under the shank that led to Baltimore’s loss to the New England Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship game. What looked like a sure victory for the Ravens turned into a Super Bowl berth for the Patriots and the instant revilement of Cundiff. So now, with the 49ers needing some help at the placekicker position, it seems a bit odd that they would turn from one team’s former goat to another who has blown kicks in big moments. The Baltimore mishap wasn’t the only facepalm situation for Cundiff, either — he was cut by the Redskins earlier this year after failing to impress in five games in which he missed five kicks. (He also got the honor of commentators talking about his playoff miss every time he took a Redskins kick this year.) Anyway, Justin Medlock and Cundiff reportedly worked out for the 49ers on Monday, with the team expected to make a decision soon. A little hint to the decision-makers: No matter which player has better kicking ability, one of those guys already has the name recognition that would make him getting the job a pretty bad PR move for a Super Bowl-hopeful team. Akers photo via Facebook/NBCPhiladelphia

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Odell Beckham pretends to pee like a dog after scoring TD

Jerry Jones explains why he opposes national anthem protests

Marcus Cooper pulls a Leon Lett after blocked field goal

Jadeveon Clowney does the Gronk spike after defensive touchdown

LeGarrette Blount tramples Giants defenders on first-down run

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Whitney Mercilus sacks Tom Brady, Jadeveon Clowney recovers for TD

Aldon Smith reaches plea deal in DUI case, avoids jail time

WATCH: Duke Johnson scores on brilliant 19-yard run

He's back! Jamaal Charles scores first Broncos TD

LeSean McCoy stretched during national anthem

Patriots fans booed, yelled ‘stand up!’ at kneeling players

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker