Ex-Illini Rackers joins Redskins

Ex-Illini Rackers joins Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. — Veteran free-agent kicker Neil Rackers, a former Illini, signed with the Washington Redskins.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that Rackers will compete with Graham Gano to be this season's kicker.

Rackers has played 12 seasons with Cincinnati, Arizona and Houston. He made 32 of 38 field goal attempts — including 4 of 5 from 50-plus yards — last season with the Texans.

Gano went 31 of 41 for the Redskins last season, but he had five attempts blocked.

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