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Bengals franchise kicker Graham

Updated: February 16, 2009, 7:24 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

The Cincinnati Bengals have used their designated franchise tag, and it's not on the player some expected.

On Monday, the team tagged kicker Shayne Graham for the 2009 season. Graham will be paid $2.483 million, the average salary of the top five kickers in the NFL from the previous season, to remain in a Bengals uniform.

"I appreciate the Bengals' recognition of my value to the team," Graham said in a statement. "I would have preferred to enter a long-term market value ...

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