Surprised it took this long

Ravens cut Billy Cundiff

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 26, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

The kicker whose missed field goal at the end of the AFC Championship Game ended the Ravensí 2011 season will not return to the Ravens for the 2012 season.

Billy Cundiff has been released by the Ravens, ESPNís Adam Schefter reports.

Although Cundiff was a Pro Bowler in 2010 and, signed a five-year contract in 2011 and has been a very good kicker for much of his time in Baltimore, this move doesnít come as a surprise. Undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker has looked good in training camp and the preseason, and cutting Cundiff saves the Ravens about $1.2 million in cap space.

Some teams may show interest in the 32-year-old Cundiff as a free agent, but that AFC Championship Game-ending miss will be fresh in many teamsí minds, and so will the fact that Cundiff has made only one of his last ten field goal attempts from 50 yards and beyond. Cundiff has fallen a long way since playing in the Pro Bowl a year and a half ago.