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Shayne Graham Nearing a Deal with the Baltimore Ravens

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It was once a scary thought that the Bengals would bring Shayne Graham back. While it was never an open discussion belief within the franchise, the door to bring Graham back wasn't slammed shut. In mid-February, it was reported that the Bengals had planned on having discussions with Graham and his agent about coming back. The seriousness of this discussion wasn't known; though we suspected Graham's return was based mostly on late-preseason developments of injured or ineffective kickers.

Once Mike Nugent was signed, Marvin Lewis all but said that we shouldn't expect his return.

When asked about Shayne Graham, head coach Marvin Lewis all but closed the door on any return for Graham. "Shane is a free agent football player. We have to move ahead. I cannot determine what is in Shane’s future, or speak for his representation. We are going to get ready to play football based on the way our football team is put together at this point."

Late last month, it was being reported that the Baltimore Ravens were interested. And it's moved on beyond just interest. The Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley confirms an ESPN report that a deal for Shayne Graham is nearing.

Graham, 32, the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, will compete against Billy Cundiff to be the Ravens’ kicker this season, but Graham’s experience likely gives him the edge.

This move has been anticipated for months. Graham met with Ravens officials at the NFL owners meetings in late March.

I always liked Graham for his community work and he was a pretty accurate kicker... most of the time. The times that he wasn't accurate tends to resonate with fans, as several had post-season implications.