Billy Cundiff wasn't out of work long.
Several media outlets are reporting this morning that the Redskins have signed Cundiff and booted last year's kicker, Graham Gano. The Redskins had Gano battling with Neil Rackers during camp. Gano appeared to have won the job when the 'Skins let Rackers go.
But the surprise move of the Ravens letting Cundiff go on Sunday changed everything. Gano made 31 of 41 kicks last year, but five got blocked. The Washington Post said Tuesday that number was an NFL high.
The Redskins' situation appeared much like the Ravens. They had a kicker there were some wonderings about, and they brought in another guy for competition.
The question now is how Cundiff will fare down there after rookie Justin Tucker beat him out for the Baltimore job.
Sadly, no matter what people say, that missed kick in the AFC title game last year would have hung over Cundiff's head as long as he was a Raven. There's just no way around it.
Even though he was one of the best kickers in the league in terms of kickoffs, he didn't do as well on long-distance kicks last year, going just 1-for-6 in kicks over 50 yards. In terms of kickoffs, Cundiff got 84 touchbacks the last two years, and that turned into a real weapon for the Ravens' defense.
However, it was that one short kick -- 32 yards -- in the AFC title game that people just couldn't seem to get out of their minds in this town all spring and summer.
Was he cut because of that kick? Of course not. It's just that a bunch of the fans and "experts" couldn't let it go, which could have created a tough environment for Cundiff.
Cundiff's a good kicker, and he will get a chance at a fresh start in Washington. Sports can be so unfair at times. But here's one example of when, while things didn't work out perfectly, Cundiff didn't make out half bad.