Redskins release Kai Forbath, sign Dustin Hopkins


Kai Forbath's time in our nation's capital has come to an end.

Every game, all season

The Redskins have released the kicker in order to sign free-agent Dustin Hopkins, Washington coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday, citing the need for a strong leg on kickoffs.

Hopkins spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Saints over the past two seasons. New Orleans cut him earlier this month after Hopkins was outplayed by Zach Hocker. Hopkins has never attempted a kick in the regular season.

Forbath connected on a 45-yard field goal but missed a 46-yard attempt in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He's made 60-of-69 field goals in Washington over the past four seasons. That's far from a disaster, but John Keim of The Washington Post noted that Forbath's kickoffs have been "an issue" for the Redskins. Hopkins is viewed as a kickoff specialist.

Considering Forbath's 87 percent success rate on kicks since 2012, he's bound to find work before long if another starting leg goes down.