Reporting Grant Paulsen
The Washington Redskins have signed free agent kicker Clint Stitser.
Stitser spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, appearing in five games and connecting on seven of the eight field goals he attempted. He was eight-for-ten on extra point attempts and his average kickoff traveled 58.7 yards in the air. Stitser’s longest made field goal was from 47 yards.
The 26 year-old was signed hours after Graham Gano sprinted out of a practice to join his expecting wife, who apparently went into labor as her husband and the rest of the Redskins were preparing for a preseason game with the Indianapolis Colts.
Gano spent the first part of training camp competing against veteran place kicker Shayne Graham for the kicking duties he’s occupied in Washington for the last 20 regular season games. Graham was released over the weekend after missing two kicks in the Redskins’ preseason opener.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said earlier this week that his team was only going to sign a kicker to compete with Gano if somebody good enough to compete with him was available. But Gano leaving practice to join his wife, two days before a game, meant that Washington needed to start thinking about a contingency plan in case he’s unable to rejoin the team by Friday night.
Stitser looks to be that contingency plan.