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Billy Cundiff may someday get the chance to make another crucial field goal in the playoffs.
It just won't be with the Baltimore Ravens.
As NFL teams began paring their training camp rosters to Monday afternoon's league-mandated limit of 75 players, Cundiff was one of the few name veterans waived in the first mass round of preseason cuts.
Cundiff probably wouldn't be unemployed if he had made a 32-yard field goal late in last season's AFC Championship Game. Cundiff, though, shanked the attempt with 15 seconds remaining as New England secured a 23-20 victory and trip to Super Bowl XLVI.
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said Cundiff had enjoyed his "best" training camp since joining the Ravens. That still wasn't good enough to erase the memories of last season's miss or turn back Justin Tucker's strong push for a roster spot.
An undrafted rookie from the University of Texas, Tucker made all five of his attempts in preseason games, including a 53-yarder in last Thursday's matchup against Jacksonville. The Baltimore Sun reports that Tucker made 93.2 percent of his attempts (96 of 103) during training camp practices compared to 83.8 percent for Cundiff (88 of 105).
The NFL's final round of preseason roster cuts to 53 players must be completed by 9 p.m. ET Friday night. Expect even more tinkering after that, especially with veteran players who are on the bubble. Any veteran on the 53-man roster for the opening game of the regular season has his base salary guaranteed for the entire year. That may prompt some teams to release fringe veterans in hopes of re-signing them in Week 2 or later in the season.
The 32-year-old Cundiff was a Pro Bowl kicker in 2010 so it may not take long for him to find a new home. Here are some of the other former starters or high draft picks released in the first wave of player cuts:
Seattle wide receiver Terrell Owens: Owens let a legitimate chance to get back into the NFL literally slip through his hands. Owens had too many preseason drops, including two in last Friday night's game against Kansas City. Owens indicated on his Twitter account that he would like to continue playing, but no future opportunities appear imminent for a declining 38-year-old who carries plenty of off-field baggage.
New England wide receiver Donte' Stallworth: As first reported Monday morning by profootballtalk.com, New England cut ties with a veteran wideout for the third time this year when waiving Stallworth (Chad Johnson and Anthony Gonzalez were released during the offseason). Stallworth was once a good enough player to command a seven-year, $35 million contract from the Cleveland Browns during the 2008 offseason. Stallworth, though, was suspended for the entire 2009 season and later cut by the Browns after his arrest and subsequent plea bargain on DUI manslaughter charges. Stallworth, 31, had 22 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns last season for Washington.
New England defensive tackle Gerard Warren: Warren has never lived up to the expectations that came with being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, but he has forged a lengthy NFL career with Cleveland, Denver, Oakland and New England. The development of younger linemen led the Patriots to cut ties Monday morning with the 34-year-old Warren after two seasons with the team.
Washington kicker Neil Rackers: Graham Gano can breathe a little easier. Gano held off the challenge of the 36-year-old Rackers, who ESPN first reported was waived on Monday morning. Rackers made a 28-yarder and missed a 54-yarder on Aug. 18 against Chicago in his only preseason game attempts. Gano hasn't attempted any preseason field goals but has made all five of his extra-point attempts.
New York Jets wide receiver Dexter Jackson: A blazing time in the 40-yard dash posted at the NFL Scouting Combine helped elevate Jackson into becoming a 2008 second-round pick by Tampa Bay. Jackson, though, struggled so badly that he was waived a year later. Jackson has since failed to stick with Carolina or the Jets, which released him over the weekend.
Seattle tackle Alex Barron: The No. 19 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Barron committed too many penalties for five seasons as a St. Louis Rams starter. The Dallas Cowboys learned that the hard way in the 2010 season-opener after acquiring Barron in a trade. A holding penalty on Barron nullified what would have been the game-winning touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams on the final play of a 13-7 loss to Washington. Barron spent time last season on injured reserve with New Orleans before resurfacing with the Seahawks. Seattle also released former Arizona Cardinals starting guard Deuce Lutui, a 2006 second-round pick.
Philadelphia cornerback Cliff Harris: Harris was an All-America cornerback who was kicked off the team at Oregon in 2011 for numerous violations of team rules and legal infractions. Harris simply didn't impress enough with the Eagles to crack a deep secondary.
Chicago defensive end Thaddeus Gibson: A 2010 fourth-round pick by Pittsburgh, this former Ohio State standout has already spent time with six different franchises. Gibson is now looking for a seventh after being cut by the Bears.
Atlanta tight end Chase Coffman: Coffman's struggles adjusting to the NFL were exposed during his rookie season in Cincinnati on "Hard Knocks." Coffman, a 2009 third-round pick, was waived by Tampa Bay earlier in training camp.
Jacksonville cornerback Ashton Youboty: The six-year veteran had a fumble return for a touchdown against Houston last season in his Jaguars debut but later landed on injured reserve after hurting his knee. Youboty played with Buffalo from 2006 to 2010.
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