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Shayne Graham moves from Cincinnati to Baltimore

compiled from staff, wire, Baltimore Ravens and NFL news

Former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Shayne Graham has signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.

Graham spent the past seven seasons with the Bengals. He went 23 for 28 on field goal tries in 2009 before missing two important kicks within 40 yards in an AFC playoff game against the New York Jets.

Shayne Graham Baltimore (nfl)

The nine-year veteran was released by the Bengals after the season. The feeling around the NFL is that Graham can no longer kick field goals beyond 4o yards and his kickoffs can’t reach the end zone like they once did.

Graham will be competing for the starting job against Billy Cundiff, who was signed by the Ravens during the 2009 season to replace struggling kicker Steve Hauschka.

The 32-year-old Graham has made 196 of 230 field goal attempts in his career and missed only three of 279 conversion tries.

If he makes the team, Graham will earn as much as $2.5 million.

Arizona trades Anquan Boldin to Baltimore for draft picks

Throughout the 2009 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens were unhappy with the play and production of their starless corps of wide receivers: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams. Mason was the lone receiver with 1,000 yards and running back Ray Rice led the team with 78 receptions. It is a glaring weakness when a running back leads the team in catches.

Mason and Washington are unrestricted free agents, but Donte Stallworth was signed last week and now Anquan Boldin has been acquired in a trade with Arizona. The Ravens appear to have improved its receiving core with Boldin now, the feature receiver.

Anquan Boldin caught 84 passes for Arizona in 2009 (wfe)

Baltimore simply couldn’t overlook a chance to acquire the talented, three-time Pro Bowler. The Cardinals receive a third and fourth round pick in the upcoming 2010 NFL Draft. Baltimore also received a fifth round pick from Arizona.

The 29-year-old Boldin has accumulated at least 1,000 yards receiving in five of his seven seasons, including  84 catches for 1,024 yards in 2009.

Boldin received a new four-year, $28 million deal with Baltimore in which $10 million is guaranteed.

The 6’1, 217 pound Boldin was the Cardinals number 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. He is a physical player capable of a difficult catch and a bone-crushing block.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said, “The Ravens just got better. Anquan is a significant addition for us”.

Arizona made the trade because of the emergence of two younger receivers, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet.

Boldin holds Arizona franchise records for receptions at 586, but his 7,520 yards receiving is third and his 44 touchdowns rank fifth.

Ohio State, Navy to open 2014 season in Baltimore

courtesy of Ohio State and the U.S. Naval Academy

M & T Bank Stadium, in Baltimore,  Maryland, will be hosting  a football contest between Ohio State and the U.S. Naval Academy during Labor Day weekend 2014 to open the season for both schools.

The game, a home contest for the Midshipmen from nearby Annapolis, is the latest in a series of moves by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to bring high-profile sporting events to the 71,000-seat stadium. “It is widely known across college football that Buckeye fans have a history of traveling in big numbers, with as many as 30,000 heading to road games, and Baltimore being 5 1/2 hours or 400 miles is not far from Columbus”, says Mark Burdett, Baltimore Ravens vice president. He continues, “Ohio State is quintessential college football. We see this as an interesting and very exciting opportunity. With the game being played on a long holiday weekend, it will give visitors more time to spend time and money in Baltimore”.

The Naval Academy played in Columbus in September 2009 to open Ohio State’s season and almost beat the Buckeyes.

M & T Bank Stadium (Ravens)

Chet Gladchuk, Navy’s athletic director, said the academy has never played at M & T Bank Stadium without drawing a sellout crowd. The team has played a handful of games there against Army, Maryland and Notre Dame. A home game with Ohio State was ideal for a larger park because Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is 37,000.

Says Gladchuk, ” We don’t even think about going up the street to Baltimore if we can’t sell the game out. M & T Bank Stadium will host the Army-Navy game in December 2014. And there’s no question in my mind this won’t be different.”

Gladchuk also said that 100,000-seat FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, was a contender for the game.

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