Redskins sign PK Rackers

Redskins sign PK Rackers
April 25, 2012, 10:15 am
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Free agent kicker Neil Rackers told a Houston television station that he has signed a contract with the Redskins. The 12-year veteran, who has kicked for the Bengals, Cardinals, and, for the past two seasons, the Texans will compete with Graham Gano for the Redskins kicking job.Last year in Houston he was good on 32 of 38 field goal attempts. Oddly, he was better from distances of 50 yards or more (four of five) than he was from 40 to 49 yards (four of eight).Rackers best season came in 2005 when he was with the Cardinals. He make 40 of 42 field goals and was named first-team All-Pro. The Bengals drafted him in the sixth round of the 2000 draft and he was with them for three years before moving on to Arizona. In his career, he has made 80 percent of his field goal attempts.Gano made 31 of 41 last year but he did have several attempts blocked. He has been the Redskins kicker since late in the 2009 season and this will be the first time that the team has signed serious competition for his job.