The New York Jets have signed kicker Billy Cundiff. The journeyman kicker was brought in to compete with Nick Folk in training camp.
Billy Cundiff may now be a Jet, but he has been a member of nearly half the National Football League over his 12 year career. The definition of a journeyman player, the New York Jets are team number 12 on the list of team’s Cundiff has played for in his career.
Although the training camp battle between Cundiff and Folk figures to be a stiff, evenly matched competition, it almost assuredly will fail to grab many headlines once camp begins.
Billy Cundiff has only played in the league since 2002, yet he has signed an incredible 19 NFL contracts during his career. Here is a brief run down of Cundiff’s journey to the Jets.
Undrafted out of Drake University, he joined the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed a four year stint with the team, his longest tenure with a team in his career. He then spent the end of 2006 with the New Orleans Saints. He didn’t play in the regular season again until he joined the Browns in 2009. Despite never kicking in the regular season, he has been a member of all of the following teams as well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions.
Over his career he has made 139-of-184, giving him 75.5 percent accuracy.
The New York Jets released rookie Brett Maher, who had been competing with Folk during the off season to make room for the journeyman Cundiff.
Jets training camp will open Thursday.
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