The Oakland Raiders signed undrafted free agent Eddy Pineiro to start a battle for the kicking position with second-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who took over mid-season for the injured Sebastian Janikowski last year.
New head coach Jon Gruden picked the winner of the position battle Friday, reportedly waiving Tavecchio just over a week into training camp.
A shocker: Raiders have notified Giorgio Tavecchio he's been waived, source said. Incumbent kicker was competing with rookie Eddy Pineiro. Veteran Mike Nugent signed in his place. Team now has two right-footed kickers competing. Holder Johnny Townsend had been alternating in camp
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Tavecchio had a good season for the Silver & Black after taking over the for organization’s points leader, making 16 of 21 field goal attemps and converting on 33 or 34 extra points.
Pineiro joined the Raiders after going undrafted out of the University of Florida, where he connected on 29 of 30 field goal attempts and made all five tries over 50 yards over the last two seasons. He also worked with Raiders fifth round pick and current Raiders punter Johnny Townsend.
The competition isn’t completely over though, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissoro is reporting the Raiders are signing veteran kicker Mike Nugent to a one-year contract.