Yesterday we wrote that the Bengals were shelving Shayne Graham for the preseason and looking for a new kicker to pass the time, possibly signing one during the week. Well, that search is over. The official Cincinnati Bengals Twitter account writes that "Bengals sign wake forest k sam swank."
Swank entered his senior year as "arguably the nation's top long-distance kicking prospect" after his junior season in which he was a "semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award." Ironically, he was hampered his senior year with a groin injury. He hit a career long 53-yard field goal and is noted for his high ball trajectory. Along with place kicks, he's noted for kicking off and punting duties also, however only considered adequate for kickoffs. When he entered his senior year in 2008, he was the nation's active career field goal leader with 60.
In reality, Swank isn't expected to stick around long, babysitting place kicking duties until Graham returns for the regular season.