Graham's future with Bengals up in the air

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 3:24 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Could the Bengals be in the market for another placekicker in the offseason? It's a question that merits asking after Shayne Graham missed a pair of field goals in the wild-card round loss to the Jets. Graham, 32, received the club's franchise tender a season ago, but it's rather unlikely he would receive the franchise designation again, as it would necessitate the Bengals giving him at least a 20 percent raise over the nearly $2.5 million he made in salary in 2009. Graham, who has kicked for the Bengals the past seven seasons, connected on 23-of-28 FG attempts in the regular season and averaged 63.3 yards on 69 kickoffs. An accomplished group of free-agent kickers are slated to be unrestricted free agents, with the Jets' PK Jay Feely, the Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski, the Seahawks' Olindo Mare, the Cardinals' Neil Rackers and the Steelers' Jeff Reed heading the list. 

 

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