Baltimore Ravens ditch play-off villain Kicker Billy Cundiff

On the eve of the NFL season, the Ravens have decided to release Billy Cundiff and go with a rookie instead.

He went from being selected for the Pro Bowl in 2010, to being the Ravens' villain in 2012.

Billy Cundiff's fall from grace is now complete, having been released by Baltimore this weekend.

The Ravens like all NFL teams had to cut their bulging roster down to 75 for the upcoming season, and Cundiff's axeing was part of that.

Instead the AFC North franchise have elected to go with rookie free agent Justin Tucker, who impressed in a pre-season match-up against Jacksonville last week.

Reports have suggested that during training camp Tucker had been more consistent from long range than Cundiff, and persuaded them to make the decision.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said it was 'not an easy decision' - But question marks have remained over Cundiff after his big miss in the AFC Championship Final last season.

He missed a last ditch 32-yard field goal attempt against the New England Patriots which would have tied the game and sent it to overtime, instead he blazed it wide.

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