The Bengals have tagged placekicker Shayne Graham as their franchise player, a move that gives the eight-year veteran the option to sign a one-year deal for a salary equal to the average of the five highest-paid kickers from last season.
Graham's 85.6 percent career field goal accuracy ranks fourth
all-time in the NFL. He holds several Bengals kicking records,
including consecutive field goals (21) and season field goal
Coach Marvin Lewis says the Bengals and Graham will continue
negotiating a long-term deal.
Graham is due to become a free agent Feb. 27. The franchise tag
means the Bengals can retain him by matching any offer made by
another team, or allow Graham to sign with that team in exchange
for two first-round draft picks.