Cincinnati Bengals: News and Notes

Zane DanielsCorrespondent IMay 1, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 28:  Kicker Shayne Graham #17 of the Cincinnati Bengals sets up for the field goal attempt during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 28, 2008 in Indianpolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We can all breathe easy now. Shayne Graham has signed his franchise tender and will not hold out from the Bengals off-season activities. He will be making a guaranteed $2.5 million to routinely kick off to the 15-yard line and miss playoff clinching field goals.

Frankly, I wish the Bengals did what the Seahawks did to LeRoy Hill by finding another kicker and removing the franchise tag from Graham.

Also, the Chiefs signed former Bengals center Eric Ghiaciuc. The signing brings the assurance that the Bengals will not be able to pursue his services. It also assures Domata Peko, Tank Johnson and Pat Sims will each register a sack in Week 16 this season.

Rookie camp started this morning at Paul Brown Stadium and according to Geoff Hobson, Andre Smith was lining up at left tackle and Rey Maualuga was lining up at strong-side linebacker. Shocked that Rey is at the SAM position? You shouldn't be since it was called right here.