NY Giants Rumors: Graham Gano to Sign Contract; Has to Pass COVID-19 Test

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2020

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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The New York Giants plan to sign Graham Gano, pending the results of his physical and COVID-19 test, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Gano last played in 2018, going 14-of-16 on field goals and 30-of-33 on extra points.

New York released Aldrick Rosas in July after he was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run while allegedly driving on a suspended license in California. The team then signed Chandler Catanzaro.

It would appear Gano is coming in as competition rather than a direct replacement for Catanzaro. Hedging their bets would be a smart approach for the Giants.

The Carolina Panthers placed Gano on injured reserve in August 2019. The 33-year-old revealed that November he had fractured his femur in practice:

Graham Gano @GrahamGano

Today marks one year since I fractured my femur in practice. Kicking @ Tampa that weekend was fun 😱. Rehab is going extremely well and I’m looking forward to getting back to kicking again! #KeepPounding https://t.co/oMajABhAKw

Catanzaro, meanwhile, retired ahead of the 2019 season but is attempting a comeback.

Gano was a Pro Bowler in 2017 after connecting on an NFL-best 96.7 percent of his field goals. While Catanzaro hasn't made a Pro Bowl appearance, his 83.8 percent career conversion rate is slightly ahead of Gano's (82.1 percent).

Either player could plausibly be the starting kicker when the Giants open the regular season September 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.