49ers sign Cundiff after tryout

January 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Update: 4:02 p.m. -- To make room for kicker Billy Cundiff on the 53-man roster, the 49ers waived linebacker Eric Bakhtiari.

The 49ers on Tuesday signed veteran kicker Billy Cundiff after he took part in a tryout at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.

It was not immediately known what corresponding move the 49ers would make to create room on the team's 53-man roster for Cundiff. But a source said the 49ers plan to keep struggling kicker David Akers on the team's 53-man roster, too. Coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday suggested the 49ers might keep two kickers and have them compete in practice to determine which player kicks in the playoff games.

"There will always be a level of competition around here at any position to find who gives you the best chance to win the next game," Harbaugh said. "Knowing the competitor that Dave is, I don't think he'll have a problem with that."

Cundiff, 32, has kicked in parts of nine NFL seasons with Dallas, New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore and Washington. After making just 7 of 12 field-goal attempts to open the season with Washington, he was released.

Prior to that, Baltimore also released him in August. Cundiff missed a potential tying 32-field goal attempt in the closing seconds of last year's AFC Championship game against New England.