Graham announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. Graham hangs up his cleats after kicking for 10 teams across his 15 professional seasons. The 39-year-old is most recognized for his seven-year stint with the Bengals, which included a Pro-Bowl selection in 2005. After going undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2000, Graham finishes his career with an impressive 85.5 percent success rate on field goals and 1,260 total points scored.
Graham was cut by the Falcons on Friday, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports. Graham was brought into Atlanta after fellow Matt Bryant got injured last season with five games remaining and was brought back to compete with Bryant this preseason. Although Graham fared well last year, going 11-for-13 on field goals, the Falcons have apparently opted to retain Bryant, sending the 19-year veteran Graham packing.
Graham signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday. Graham is no stranger to Atlanta. After Matt Bryant went down due to a quadriceps injury last season, Graham assumed kicking duties for the Falcons. In his short five game stint, Graham connected on 11 of 13 tries and hit all of his eight extra point attempts. Entering his 19th season, Graham hasn't showed any signs of decay and could be a solid option at kicker for an offense expected to score a lot of points in 2016.
Graham signed with the Falcons after Matt Bryant suffered a quadriceps injury, and he connected with 11-of-13 field goals in five games. The 38-year-old filled in well, all things considered. Matt Bryant has one year left on his contract, and while the team will probably look for a younger option this season, the 38-year-old Graham isn't going to be a long term option.
Graham figures to serve as the Falcons' kicker for the remainder of this season, after teammate Matt Bryant (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Graham had filled in for the injured Bryant the past two weeks, but now enters this Sunday's game against the Panthers with some clarity regarding his situation for the rest of this season. Last weekend, the veteran Graham made all four of his field goal attempts against the Buccaneers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||@New England Patriots||15||7.50|
|8||10/29||@New York Jets||1||4.67|
|12||11/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7.40|
|14||12/08||New Orleans Saints||18||7.60|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7.40|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||18||7.60|