by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The kicking competition between Graham Gano and Neil Rackers turned out to be a push.

One day after winning the kicking battle in Washington, Gano has been released by the Redskins in favor of former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.

Washington released Gano Tuesday morning after signing the recently ousted Baltimore Ravens kicker.

Just 24 hours earlier the team released Neil Rackers, presumably giving the incumbent his third full season in the nation’s capital.

In 2011, Gano connected on 31 of 41 field goal attempts. Five of the 10 misses were the result of blocked kicks.

The 25-year-old’s greatest asset was his ability to convert attempts from distances of 50 yards of greater. He tied the franchise record with a 59-yard field goal last season.

Inside 50 yards and on kickoffs are where Gano struggled.

In the past two seasons, Gano connected on 9-of-16 attempts from 30-39 yards and 21-of-27 yards from 40-49 yards out, blocks included.

Cundiff, 32, signed a lucrative five-year, $15 million contract with the Ravens heading into last season. However, his 2011 campaign will be best known for a missed 32-yard field goal that would have tied the AFC Championship in the final minute against the New England Patriots.

He lost a preseason kicking battle with rookie Justin Tucker and was released Sunday.

Cundiff’s agent confirmed he signed with Washington Tuesday morning.

His career also includes stops with the Dallas Cowboys (2002-05), New Orleans Saints (2006) and Cleveland Browns (2009).

Career Stats

Graham Gano: 59-for-80 FG / 73.8 pct. / 6 Blocks / 59-for-61 PAT

Billy Cundiff: 132-for-172 FG / 76.7 pct. / 1 Block / 200-for-201 PAT

Follow @granthpaulsen and @1067TheFanDC and @TheChuckCarroll on Twitter for breaking Redskins news.


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