The San Francisco 49ers have waived placekicker Billy Cundiff, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cundiff was signed following the last game of the season for a tryout against the struggling David Akers for the right to kick in the postseason. Akers ended up winning the “tryout,” keeping his role, and nailing a key field goal to put the 49ers ahead of the Packers before halftime in the NFC divisional round last Sunday.
Cundiff was not on the active roster for last week’s game, and now is off the roster entirely.
This essentially means that the Niners are placing their trust in Akers to make field goals in the two most important games of the year, the NFC Championship game and potentially the Superbowl.
Akers’ struggles in 2012 have been well-documented, as he placed 30th among NFL kickers with a 69 percent field goal percentage.
Earlier this week, Jim Harbaugh defiantly announced, “David’s our kicker.”