Might as Well Buy a Graham: Cincinnati Bengals Re-Sign Their Kicker

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Published: July 16, 2009

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... deal with franchise-tagged place-kicker Shayne Graham, before the time to negotiate expired on Wednesday. 

Shugah Shayne will earn a cool $2.5 million for the upcoming season, the average of the top-five paid kickers throughout the league.  The Bengals will have the chance to lock him up long-term again when the season ends.  They also have the option to franchise-tag him again next year. 

Many casual spectators are shocked that a team would ever slap the franchise-tag on a kicker, but these little guys are earning some decent contracts these days (in fairness, every NFL kicker is bigger than me).  Titans kicker Rob Bironas just signed a deal that gives him $3 million a year.  Is Golden Graham worth that kinda cheese?

No.

But should the Bengals have signed him to it anyway?

Yes. 

When the collective bargaining agreement expires after 2010 and the salary cap disappears after this...

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