The Carolina Panthers signed for Nebraska kicker Adi Kunalic to a three-year contract on Tuesday, and also decided to keep veteran Olindo Mare on the roster. Kunalic, an undrafted rookie, attended training camp with the Panthers, but he was cut before the season.
Kunalic caught the coaching staff’s attention during training with a strong leg, even though he didn’t get many field-goal attempts at Nebraska. He was primarily used on kickoffs. However, after Mare missed a 36-yard field goal with 5:26 left in the game Sunday that would have given Carolina a 26-24 lead against Atlanta, the Panthers wanted to bring in some competitioin.
Also, Greg Zuerlein, a Lincoln Pius X grad was a kicker for Nebraska-Omaha…when they dropped football he moved to Missouri Western. This season, Zuerlein broke an NCAA record with 21 straight field goals made, nine of them from 50 yards or more. The senior was named a first-team Division II All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. His coach Jerry Partridge said Zuerlein is better right now than several NFL kickers.