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Saints bring back Shayne Graham

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Three days after releasing both kickers in their cut to 53 players, the Saints have brought one back.

The team has re-signed kicker Shayne Graham, according to the NFL’s Tuesday transactions.

In a corresponding roster move, the club waived second-year quarterback Ryan Griffin.

Graham, 36, connected on all four field goals (long of 39 yards) and 4-of-5 extra points in preseason play. However, the club parted ways with Graham and Derek Dimke after the exhibition slate.

But now, Graham is back, and seemingly so for the regular season opener at Atlanta.

The move leaves Luke McCown as the lone backup behind Drew Brees. It would not be a surprise if the Saints re-signed Griffin to the practice squad, but he will have to clear waivers first, and it will be interesting to see if he’s picked up after a solid preseason (48-of-77 passing, 530 yards, three TDs, one interception, 90.3 QB rating).

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14 Responses to “Saints bring back Shayne Graham”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 2, 2014 7:29 PM

    Well that’s underwhelming.

  2. nawlinssaints1956 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:37 PM

    Griffin could develop into a decent QB; hope he makes it through waivers.

  3. drunkwino says: Sep 2, 2014 7:47 PM

    Admit it, everyone wanted to see Sean Payton troll Atlanta by beating them without a kicker.

  4. patbocam says: Sep 2, 2014 7:54 PM

    Why thomas morestead (punter and kickoff guy) do the kicking. He sure as heck had the strength! Hard to believe he couldn’t compete for the job and be decent at it. It would allow the saints to use that last roster spot on griffin or anyone else for that matter. Don’t understand this move at all. Graham will make almost a million dollars…….. Ludicrous

  5. afcdomination says: Sep 2, 2014 8:05 PM

    not sure why they didn’t push harder for succop. he is a better kicker. you could’ve locked up the position for 2 years with a decent deal

  6. jtreddog says: Sep 2, 2014 8:49 PM

    Too bad was hoping they’d take down ATL with 8 touchdowns and 8 2 point conversions…64-3…well maybe 41-17…I’m all over the NO -3 line

  7. eljefedelmundo says: Sep 2, 2014 9:04 PM

    RG4! Don’t leave us now- you’re supposed to be the next Brees

  8. pftisfulloftrolls says: Sep 2, 2014 9:41 PM

    I know that the Saints aren’t likely to need Graham’s services too much,but don’t they remember this guys’ performance in Seattle at all? In a game where they lost by eight points,he cost them six of those personally.

  9. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 2, 2014 9:54 PM

    Big Brother 42
    Little Brother 17

    Easy!

  10. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 2, 2014 11:43 PM

    Cutting both Kickers was a genius move by Loomis to hide Griffin while teams were hot claiming players off waivers.
    Now stuff has cooled down and I think he’ll make it through.
    This is an example of Loomis making other GM’s look lazy

  11. paulage77 says: Sep 3, 2014 12:35 AM

    D@amnit! Grew up a Bengals fan suffering throw his constant misses on clutch field attempts. Now lands on the saints, a team I typically root. You better not let it get down to a game ending/tying field goal attempt past the 20 yard line.

  12. bcajun says: Sep 3, 2014 8:31 AM

    I thought Connor Barth…why waive Griffin??…i think they thought Santos was going to get the ax over Succop

  13. brocattosbasement says: Sep 3, 2014 9:29 AM

    This move was all about Payton trying to protect Ryan Griffin. He cut both kickers and kept Griffin long enough for other teams to get their rosters basically set. Payton planned all along to put Griffin on the practice squad. He knew at least one of these kickers would still be available and they were both adequate. Payton was afraid some QB needy team would jump on Griffin if he hit the waiver wire early, we’ll see if this move works out.

  14. kingbrees9 says: Sep 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    I’d risk a Luke signing then Ryan but that’s why there balling

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