Harbaugh on the kicker competition: “It could be settled early next week.”

Jim Harbaugh spoke on KNBR Wednesday morning. Here’s what he said about Billy Cundiff and David Akers.

Q: You guys have brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with David Akers?

HARBAUGH: That is football. Football is competition. I think we’re on the right track there. It makes sense to me.

Q: It’s sort of unprecedented. Do you have any idea of how you want to proceed?

HARBAUGH: I don’t think it’s unprecedented in the sense that that is football. Like I said, it makes sense to me. How we proceed – we’ll watch the kickers kick, and who we feel will give us the best chance of winning a game, that’s who we’ll go with.

Q: Did Cundiff’s association with your brother play a factor in signing him?

HARBAUGH: Not so much my brother. Cundiff has a track record as an NFL kicker. Of course we watched that.

Q: Have you talked to David Akers and explained the situation?

HARBAUGH: Yes, I’ve talked to David.

Q: Could you assess how he processed it all? I’m sure a lot of 49ers fans want to know if he can make the big kick in January.

HARBAUGH: There’s a lot of evidence there that he can. How he processes it – he’s a football player. He’s a competitor.

Q: Would you like this to be settled early next week?

HARBAUGH: I think it could be settled early next week, but not going to put a time frame on it. We’ll practice Thursday, Friday, and then we’ll see if a decision gets made after that, or if it goes into Monday and Tuesday and after. No definite timeline on it.

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