The Bengals don’t plan to re-sign kicker Shayne Graham, who missed two field-goal attempts during a playoff loss to the Jets last month, WKRC TV in Cincinnati reported Friday.
Graham received the Bengals’ 2009 franchise tag, which runs out at the end of the month, making him a free agent. However, the Bengals worked out several kickers Friday, and sources told WKRC that Dave Rayner likely will be signed over the weekend.
Rayner hasn’t kicked in the NFL since 2008, when the Bengals signed him as a two-game replacement for the injured Graham. Rayner also has kicked for the Colts, Packers, Chiefs and Chargers and made 42 of 59 field-goal attempts (71.2 percent) in his four-year career.
Graham started his NFL career with the Bills in 2001, then signed with the Bengals the next season. The 2005 Pro Bowl pick has made 196 of 230 field-goal attempts (85.2 percent) in his career, but he has faced criticism for missing big kicks.