Texas kicker Neil Rackers signs with Washington Redskins

Texas kicker Neil Rackers signs with Washington Redskins

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Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers (4) celebrates after booting a 53-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

khou.com

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 12:46 PM

HOUSTON – Veteran free agent kicker Neil Rackers has signed with the Washington Redskins and will compete with incumbent Graham Gano.

Rackers’ departure leaves the Texans without a place kicker heading into this weekend’s NFL Draft.

The veteran kicker had said from the end of the season that his intention was to stay in Houston with the Texans. On Tuesday, general manager Rick Smith told the media that he hoped to get a deal done with Rackers, but it looks like the two sides could not reach an agreement.

Rackers has been in the league since 2000 when he was drafted by Cincinnati in the sixth round. In 2010, he joined the Texans and took over the kicking duties after beating out long-time kicker Kris Brown.

In 2011, Rackers set a franchise record in points with 135 on 32 made field goals and 39 made extra points. He was perfect when kicking in between 20 and 29 yards and only missed 6 all season long.

The Texans now have to make a decision whether to draft a kicker, like Texas A&M and Klein High School product Randy Bullock, or sign one during the remainder of the offseason.

 

 

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