With the Bengals on the verge of signing a former AFC North rival player in James Harrison, they’ll also be watching one of their own former players sign with a team withing the division, as the Cleveland Browns announced they’ve signed kicker Shayne Graham.
Graham was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech in 2000. He’s had stints with 10 different teams in his NFL career, but is remembered for his 7 seasons with the Bengals, where he made his only Pro Bowl in 2005 while the following franchise records:
- Most field goals in a season (31)
- Most field goals in a game (7)
- Highest field goal percentage in a season (91.2)
- Highest field goal percentage, career
- Most points in a season (131)
- Consecutive field goals without a miss (21)
Graham also ranks 5th in NFL history with an 85.4 career field goal percentage. Sadly, it’s the memory of the Wild Card playoff game on January 9, 2010, that is burned into Bengals fans minds. On that day, Graham missed two field goals in the teams’ 24–14 loss to the New York Jets, including a 28-yard attempt that would have cut the score to 24–17 late in the fourth quarter.
Hopefully that trend will follow him to Cleveland when the face the Bengals this year.