49ers could bring in competition for Akers

December 31, 2012, 1:00 pm
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UPDATE:(6:40 p.m. Monday) -- The 49ers will workout Billy Cundiff and Justin Medlock on Tuesday, a source told CSNBayArea.com


SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers plan to bring in free-agent kickers to audition fir the right to replace struggling kicker David Akers, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

And Akers might get an opportunity to retain his job even if a new kicker is added for the playoffs.

The 49ers have three options, Harbaugh said. The team could keep Akers, sign a new kicker to take Akers' job or have two kickers on the 53-man roster.

"If we had two on the roster at the same time, they can kick in practice," Harbaugh said.

"We'll make that decision as we go."

Billy Cundiff, whom the 49ers brought in for a tryout several weeks ago, Neil Rackers and John Kasay are among the veteran kickers available.

Akers' problems continued Sunday with two missed field goals in a 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

"Those kicks in the games, you got to make those kicks," Harbaugh said. "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. Knowing the competitor that Dave is, I don't think he'll have a problem with that."