It sounds like Iowans Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff will get shots to return to NFL uniforms soon.
Kaeding, who has spent his entire career with the San Diego Chargers before being released late last month, said via text message today that he’s worked out for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers.
Cundiff confirmed workouts with the 49ers, Houston Texans and New England Patriots in recent weeks, also via text.
Kaeding, an Iowa City native and 2002 winner of the Lou Groza Award given annually to college football’s top kicker, texted that he’s “fielding a lot of calls.” The 30-year-old is the most accurate kicker in NFL history — and a two-time Pro Bowl pick. He’s battled health hurdlers in recent seasons, included a groin injury this season.
Earlier this month, Kaeding said the prospect of player a team other than the one with a lightning bolt on the helmet felt a bit odd.
“This is the only team I’ve ever played for, so I don’t know how free agency and those things work,” Kaeding said. “So it’s a new experience for me. I’ll keep my head down and keep working.”
Cundiff, a former Drake kicker from Harlan, most recently kicked for the Washington Redskins before being released in October.
In 2003, Cundiff kicked a then-NFL record seven field goals for Dallas on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
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