The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday to compete with struggling veteran David Akers.
"He's thrilled with the opportunity to be in a position to help the team in any way he can this postseason," said Cundiff's agent, Paul Sheehy. "It's a great opportunity, with a great organization."
The team announced the move a day after coach Jim Harbaugh said that the NFC West champion Niners (11-4-1) -- off this week as the NFC's No. 2 seed -- planned to try out kickers because of Akers' prolonged funk.
Cundiff was released by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing 5 of his 12 field goal attempts.