The Ravens are close to striking a one-year deal with kicker Shayne Graham, according to a league source, but the sides surprisingly failed to finalize the agreement as of Tuesday night.
This long-awaited move is still expected to occur and would give the Ravens their most established kicker since Matt Stover.
Graham, 32, the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history who struggled in last season’s playoffs, would then compete against Billy Cundiff to be the Ravens’ kicker this season, although Graham’s experience likely gives him the edge.
A deal is likely to be finalized by the end of the day and I’ve said earlier that I’m surprised he hasn’t been signed already.
Maybe some teams stayed away because he was coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro but some of that has been attributed to issues with the snapper. Graham still has a strong leg on kickoffs and tremendous career percentage on field goals.
I know that he’ll “compete’ with Billy Cundiff for the job but I’d be shocked if he wasn’t the named the starter soon after he inks his deal.
Graham’s signing would fill a major need in the kicking game. Between Cundiff and Steve Hauschka the Ravens had one of the worst Field goal units in the league. (70%)
This also signals the end of the Matt Stover issue. Sorry fans, he’s not coming back.