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Watching Cundiff and Mare get cut might be instructive for Gano and other young kickers: Big-money contracts are nice, but beware once they’re signed. Carolina gave Mare a four-year, $12 million deal last year. Cundiff inked a five-year, $15 million contract in 2010.

Gano was due to make around $600,000 this season, so he still has room to grow if he hooks up with another team. Considering the job description and associated perks, there’s no doubt he’ll keep trying for the next couple of years at least.

He endured the ridicule of Redskins fans over his missed field goal attempts, especially the five kicks that were blocked last season. He also withstood the general lack of respect given all kickers during training camp, when they’re mostly standing around while the other 90-plus players do the hard work.

In the end, Gano wound up in the same place as Cooley and the other Redskins cut this week. That’s about as unified as a kicker can be with position players. Now it’s Cundiff’s turn.