It appears that it was premature for Graham Gano to celebrate winning the Redskins kicking job on Monday.
The Redskins have signed former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
And Gano is now unemployed.According to a source, Gano has been released to make room for Cundiff, signaling an expected turn of events at Redskins Park.
On Monday, after veteran Neil Rackers had been cut, Gano told reporters, "I'm excited to have the opportunity" to return for a fourth season in Washington. Coach Mike Shanahan, however, sidestepped a question about Gano's job security.
"Obviously, I'm not going to go through the possibilities," Shanahan said when asked if he planned to sign a second kicker to compete with Gano. "There's always a lot of possibilities that could occur before the first game at every position."
So Cundiff makes the short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
The 32-year-old Cundiff also has kicked for the Cowboys, Saints, and Browns and is among the NFL's best on kickoffs, racking up an NFL record 44 touchbacks last season.
With Baltimore last year he was good on 28 of 37 field goals (75.7 percent). He was 7 for 9 from 40-49 but only 1 for 6 from 50 or more yards out.
Cundiff's final kick, however, was his worst. He had a 32-yard attempt to send the AFC championship game against the Patriots into overtime but he missed the kick as time expired.
In 2010, though, Cundiff was tapped for the Pro Bowl after making 89.7-percent of his field goal attempts (26 of 29).