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Peterson team's fourth kicker in 15 games

10/28/2003 - San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers changed kickers for the fourth time in 15 games Tuesday, waiving Owen Pochman and signing Todd Peterson.

Peterson, entering his 10th NFL season, was dropped by
Pittsburgh in February after struggling last year before going on
injured reserve with a broken rib. He kicked for the Seattle
Seahawks for five seasons, playing under 49ers coach Dennis
Erickson.

Peterson has converted 182 of 234 field goals and missed only
two of 260 extra points during his career. He is the 49ers' first
kicker with significant NFL experience since Wade Richey, who left
two years ago.

Pochman missed seven field goals in the last four games of his
six-week stint with the 49ers, who waived ineffective Jeff Chandler
last month to make room for him. Chandler replaced Jose Cortez late
last season, but never developed consistency.

Pochman missed three field goals against Tampa Bay two weeks
ago. But his fate was sealed when he missed a potential go-ahead
35-yard field goal in the final minutes of regulation in San
Francisco's 16-13 overtime loss to Arizona last Sunday. Pochman
also struggled on kickoffs.

With top reserve defensive back Ronnie Heard out for at least a
month with a sprained left knee, the Niners signed defensive back
John Keith from the practice squad. San Francisco also waived
fullback Jasen Isom from the practice squad.