With the July 15 deadline to sign Shayne Graham to a long-term deal, it appears as if the team and kicker remain far apart.
“The Bengals put the franchise tag on Shayne for the 2009 season acknowledging that he is a vital part of the team. However, we disagree as to his long term value,” said Graham’s agent, Rob Roche. “Shayne has been an 87.4 percent kicker for the Bengals, and he is committed to maintaining his excellent kicking for them this upcoming season. We remain open to continue further discussions with the Bengals for a long term deal.”
For being tagged, Graham will earn $2.483 million this season should both parties not reach an agreement by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Negotiations then can not resume until the end of the regular season.