Report: Saints to sign Shayne Graham

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The New Orleans Saints elected to cut bait with kicker Garrett Hartley on Tuesday.

Now they have his replacement.

According to Mike Garafolo of, the Saints will sign Shayne Graham to replace Hartley, who was placed on waivers after missing two field goals Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Graham returns to the team he began his NFL career with in 2000. Graham was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech. Graham bounced around after being released by New Orleans to Seattle, Buffalo and Carolina before finally landing a full-time job with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003.

Graham spent last season with the Houston Texans and converted 31 of 38 field goals on the season. He was with the Cleveland Browns in training camp and spent a week with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September but hasn’t attempted a kick this season.

Hartley struggled the first half of the season as he converted just 16 of his first 22 attempts on the year. Hartley had made six straight field goals before having a kick blocked and missing another against the Rams on Sunday.