Baltimore Ravens: Billy Cundiff Likely Done as a Baltimore Raven

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIAugust 24, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:   Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens kicks the ball against the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Billy Cundiff was certainly not pleased with last night's preseason victory, as he watched Justin Tucker take all of the snaps as the Ravens' kicker.

When John Harbaugh was asked about this, he didn't exactly quell any speculation that Tucker would be the guy going forward.

Regarding the kicking situation, Harbaugh stated after the game:

"Well, we’ll see. We have some decisions here again next week so we’ll just have to see how that goes.”

Cundiff was already expressing frustration before he even heard those comments. reports today that Cundiff was defiant in a post-game interview, commenting on his performance the past few years:

"I feel like if that’s not good enough, I’ll take my services elsewhere to be perfectly honest."

At this point, Justin Tucker seems to have won the battle. I was stunned to see him take all the kicks against the Jaguars, but I had no intention of reading too much into it.

However, when Harbaugh not only allowed, but actually encouraged the media's speculation on Cundiff's future, Cundiff's fate became clear.

The Ravens, and especially coach Harbaugh, almost never talk to the media about players' circumstances. When they do, it's usually a sign of something big happening.

Getting rid of Cundiff would certainly be that.

If the Ravens actually do go with Tucker, they need to be able to stand by him. He is a rookie, and he might have a few more misses than Cundiff would have at this point in his career.

Tucker is worth the attention. He has incredible talent, which could make him the Ravens' kicker for over a decade.

Cundiff, meanwhile, will kick again elsewhere in this league. He's by no means elite, but he's definitely a top-20 kicker in the NFL. He's consistent from short range and good on kickoffs, which is more than can be said for a lot of kickers.

While I hope that Cundiff finds work elsewhere, the Ravens appear to be making the right choice. Going with Tucker would set this team up at kicker for years to come. Now, they just need to follow through.