The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday to compete with struggling veteran David Akers.
''He's thrilled with the opportunity to be in a position to help the team in any way he can this postseason,'' said Cundiff's agent, Paul Sheehy. ''It's a great opportunity, with a great organization.''
The team had yet to make a formal announcement Tuesday, but coach Jim Harbaugh said a day earlier that the NFC West champion Niners (11-4-1), off this week as the NFC's No. 2 seed, planned to try out kickers because of Akers' prolonged funk.
Cundiff was released by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing 5 of his 12 field goal attempts. He had already worked out once for the Niners on Nov. 27 before they invited him back this time, as Harbaugh initially chose to stick with Akers.
Now, Akers and Cundiff will compete to see who kicks in the team's NFC divisional playoff game in primetime Jan. 12 at Candlestick Park. San Francisco will play either Green Bay, Seattle...