The New Orleans Saints signed punter Ben Graham on Sunday. The 34-year-old free agent was sitting at home watching his former team, the New York Jets, when his agent called and told him that the Saints wanted to sign him.
Within an hour, he was packed and ready to head for the airport and from there, London, England, where the Saints will play the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Graham was signed to replace punter Steve Weatherford (above, right) who was released after the Saints lost to the Carolina Panther, 30-7 on Sunday.
Graham, a native of Australia, played in the Australian Football League until he was signed to a short-term contract by the New York Jets in 2005. On May 22, 2006, the Jets signed Graham to a six-year contract, but he was released on Sept. 16, 2008 for inconsistent play. He was re-signed by the Jets on Sept. 22, due to an injury to the Jets' other punter, but was again released on Sept. 29.
Graham has been practicing in London with kicker Taylor Mehlhaff (above, left), whom he will hold for on field goal and extra-point attempts.
Meanwhile, Weatherford has been signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, while waiting for a Tuesday night flight. Weatherford found out that the Chiefs had claimed him off of waivers.
The 25-year-old punter said he’ll be filling in for the Chiefs’ regular punter, Dustin Colquitt, who is injured, so this might be a temporary gig. The Chiefs play Ben Graham's former team, the Jets this weekend.