The Ravens have talked to free-agent kicker Shayne Graham, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
The team could sign a kicker before the draft to compete with Billy Cundiff, according to Harbaugh.
“We like Shayne Graham a lot,” Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. “Shayne is a highly sought after guy, too. He’s a guy who’s had a lot of success. Obviously, they had some operation problems that hurt them a little bit. But he’s a hard worker and I think he’s determined to prove himself again. I know he’s knows what kind of kicker he is. It would be an interesting possibility. We’ll see how it shakes out.”
Graham, 32, has played the past seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has made 85.2 percent of his career field goals.
Hmm. The Ravens may have learned something from the failed experiment to bring in a rookie to replace Matt Stover last year. Steve Hauschka was sent packing mid-season and he never seemed to recover mentally from the miss that lost the Vikings game.
Since the Ravens have shown with some of their most recent moves that they are in a win now frame of mind it would make sense to sign a veteran kicker. Or at the very least have a competition with players who know the rigors of playing in the NFL.
Shayne Graham could be an interesting possibility but he apparently isn’t the only one of the Ravens radar.
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According to a league source, the Ravens have also conducted preliminary discussions regarding Arizona Cardinals free agent kicker Neil Rackers(notes).
Per our source, the Cardinals remain interested in re-signing Rackers and have discussed a new contract for the former University of Illinois standout.
Rackers converted 41 of 45 field goals over the past two seasons, a 91 percent success rate. He connected on 16 of 17 field goals last season, a 94.1 percentage.
For his career, Rackers has hit 205 of 262 field goals for a 78.2 percentage.
At this moment no deal appear imminent but it’s clear that Baltimore is getting it’s roster ready as we are only a month away from the draft.