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Strong-Footed Neil Rackers Agrees To One-Year Contract With Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Neil Rackers, who has established himself as one of the strongest kickers in the NFL, has agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins, head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Wednesday.

Rackers, 35, spent the last two years in Houston, where he went 32-for-38 on field goals in 2011 with a season-long of 54. He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2005 season, during his seven-year stay in Houston, and has a career 80 percent conversion percentage. He once made three 50-yard field goals in one game.

He’ll compete with Graham Gano, the Redskins’ incumbent kicker, for the placekicking duties. Gano went 31-for-41 last season, including a team-record 59-yarder.

“We had a chance to get a guy that was a proven kicker last year to compete with Graham,” Shanahan said. “That’s what you’re looking for – competition. I had a chance to sit down and talk to Neil a couple days ago and said, ‘Hey, there is no promises. But I will give you a chance to compete.’ And Neil’s a guy, a veteran guy, that’s not afraid of competition. … That’s what you want. We’ve got some healthy competition with two guys that are proven players, and we’ll let the best guy obviously win the position.”