The Bengals haven’t completely closed the door on kicker Shayne Graham, according to the team’s official Web site. The team wants to talk to Graham’s new agent, David Dunn , at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The Bengals have worked out six kickers during the offseason and signed Dave Rayner, which some believed signaled the end of Graham’s time in Cincinnati.
“We have to talk to Shayne and see where he’s at,” special teams coach Darrin Simmons told Bengals.com. “It has to be a deal that’s good for both sides. I’ve talked to him once to let him know we were signing Rayner. I didn’t want him to read about it on the Internet. We didn’t talk much about his mindset, but I know he feels badly. A lot of people do.”
Graham received the Bengals’ 2009 franchise tag and has made 85 percent of his field-goal attempts, but he received a lot of heat for missing two kicks during an opening-round playoff loss to the Jets.