Falcons examine kicker options with Elam struggling

Veteran kicker Jason Elam‘s struggles have him on thin ice with the Falcons, who brought in four kickers Tuesday for a workout.

Recently released Ravens kicker Steven Hauschka, as well as Brandon Coutu, Sam Swank and Shane Andrus were in Flowery Branch, Ga., for a chance to possibly replace Elam, who has made just 10 of 16 field-goal attempts this season and missed four in the Falcons’ last four games. His most recent errant attempt came in a 34-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Coutu was with the Seahawks during the preseason. Andrus kicked for the Colts and Buccaneers this season. Swank spent brief periods with the Eagles and Bengals before the season.

The Falcons signed Elam, the longtime Broncos kicker, to a four-year, $9 million free-agent contract last summer, and he was worth the money in 2008, converting on 29 of 31 field-goal attempts. Things clearly haven’t gone as well this season for the 39-year-old Elam.

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