Apparently not comfortable with the idea of Wes Welker taking over kicking responsibilities while Stephen Gostkowski recovers from a thigh injury, the Patriots are signing Shayne Graham, according to the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport.
Graham, a 2005 Pro Bowl selection, is a 10-year NFL veteran, with a majority of that time spent in Cincinnati. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in June to a one-year deal worth close to $2.5 million, but was cut at the end of the preseason. In October, he signed with the New York Giants following an ankle injury to kicker Lawrence Tynes, but was released two days later.
He is a career 85.2 percent field goal kicker, and has made 280 out of 283 extra point attempts. Graham will take the place of Gostkowski, who's out for two weeks with a strained quad.
Gostkowski originally felt tightness while warming up for the game against the Cleveland Browns and it never improved, forcing him out of the game in the second quarter (Welker took over the kicking duties).
On Monday, Gostkowski underwent an MRI, but there was no update from the team. When asked, Bill Belichick only offered that brining in a new kicker was "a possibility."