Cowboys Ink Kicker Shayne Graham

The Cowboys have signed free agent kicker Shayne Graham, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Terms were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Graham has a career field goal percentage of 86 percent, and was the Cincinnati Bengals’ franchise player as recently as 2009. That field goal percentage declined sharply from 2007 to 2009 (91 percent to 82 percent), and the Bengals released Graham last June.

Graham went to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens, but lost out to eventual Pro Bowler Billy Cundiff. After a week with the New York Giants, Graham spent the final eight weeks of the 2010 season with the New England Patriots, where he went 12-for-12 on field attempts, and 2-for-2 in a playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Graham opened the 2010 training camp with the Washington Redskins, but was released on August 14 after an 0-for-2 performance in the preseason opener.

Cowboys kicker David Buehler, a kickoff specialist in 2009, struggled with field goal duties in 2010, connecting on just 24-of-32 attempts. The Cowboys even signed veteran kicker Kris Brown to a two-year contract late last season, but he was released prior to the start of training camp, which has seen Buehler compete with undrafted rookie Dan Bailey.

Buehler was successful on the team’s lone field goal attempt of the preseason, but is an MRI revealed a hip strain that kept him out of the team’s second preseason game on Sunday night.

The Cowboys also have rookie kicker Kai Forbath, an undrafted free agent from UCLA, on the roster. Forbath is on the “Non-Football Injury” list.


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