49ers believed to be interested in Tynes

49ers believed to be interested in Tynes
March 11, 2013, 9:15 am
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In his postseason career, Lawrence Tynes has made 13 of 18 field goals, and won two Super Bowls with the Giants. (AP)

The 49ers are expected to strike quickly to secure one of the top free-agent kickers available when the free-agent signing period begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT).

The 49ers are believed to be interested in free-agent kicker Lawrence Tynes, who is not expected to return to the New York Giants. Tynes has a history of kicking in inclement conditions. He has also experienced success at Candlestick Park, including a 31-yard field goal in overtime to send the Giants to the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

Brad Seely, 49ers special-teams coordinator, worked two seasons with kicker Phil Dawson, 38, while with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and 2010. Dawson made 29 of 31 field-goal attempts last season.

Tynes, 34, was an NFC Pro Bowl alternate after making 33 of 39 field goals last season. Tynes is proven in the postseason as the kicker on two Super Bowl champions.

Shayne Graham (Houston), Jason Hanson (Detroit) and Steven Hauschka (Seattle) are among the other top kickers scheduled for free agency.

The 49ers released kicker David Akers last week after he struggled during the regular season. Akers, who set the NFL record with 44 made field goals in 2011, connected on just 29 of 42 attempts.