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Graham Gano | Place Kicker | #9

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 202
College: Florida State
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Panthers re-signed K Graham Gano to a four-year, $17 million contract.
The deal includes $9 million guaranteed. Gano was going to be franchise tagged absent a long-term deal. Headed into his age-31 season, Gano has been the Panthers' kicker since 2012. He's an acceptable 81.7 percent field goal kicker for his career, though he was excellent in 2017, draining 29-of-30 attempts. Gano does not have a particularly big leg, making just six 50-yard plus kicks over the past four seasons. Mar 6 - 1:49 PM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers will franchise tag K Graham Gano if the sides cannot reach a long-term deal by Tuesday's tag deadline.

The Panthers have prioritized tagging Gano over OG Andrew Norwell. Evidently, Norwell doesn't fit in the budget. One of the tag's primary functions has become preventing kickers from reaching the open market. That wasn't the intended use of the "franchise" tag.
Mar 5 - 2:01 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan reports the Giants are interested in impending free agent K Graham Gano.

The link makes sense with former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman now running the show in New York and the Giants in need of a more reliable kicker -- Aldrick Rosas made just 72 percent of his kicks in 2017, his first year in the league. New York may not get a chance to go after the kicker, however, as the Panthers are reportedly considering placing the franchise tag on Gano.
Mar 1 - 8:36 AM's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers could franchise tag free agent K Graham Gano.

That's instead of fellow free agent OG Andrew Norwell. As indicated by the name, the franchise tag was conceived for "franchise"-type players but is just as often used for players like Gano. Going on 31, Gano has been the Panthers' kicker since midway through 2012. He converted 29-of-30 field goal attempts in 2017. Tagging him would cost roughly $4.9 million.
Feb 22 - 1:48 PM

Panthers K Graham Gano (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Bucs.

The Panthers tipped their hand when they didn't promote Roberto Aguayo from the practice squad on Saturday. Gano is the No. 8 kicker so far this season.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 11:33:00 AM

Panthers K Graham Gano (questionable, knee) is expected to play Week 8 against the Buccaneers.

There was some concern about his status after he sat out Friday's practice, but the Panthers decided not to promote Roberto Aguayo from their practice squad, which indicates Gano is ready to go. Kurt Coleman (knee), Ed Dickson (ankle) and Luke Kuechly (concussion) will also be active for Week 8 despite being listed as questionable.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 08:04:00 AM

Panthers K Graham Gano (knee) is questionable for Week 8 against the Buccaneers.

Gano didn't practice Friday after being listed as a full participant on both Wednesday and Thursday. The Panthers added Roberto Aguayo to their practice squad earlier in the week and would activate him if Gano can't get the green light on Sunday. It would certainly be a compelling storyline if Aguayo made his long-awaited return against the team that cut him this offseason.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Panthers K Graham Gano is dealing with knee soreness.

Kickers, of course, are people, too. Gano is expected to kick in Sunday's game at Soldier Field, but he becomes a riskier fantasy option due to the injury.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 02:57:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera named Graham Gano the Panthers' Week 1 kicker against the 49ers.

The Panthers are still carrying both Gano and rookie Harrison Butker as kickers on the 53-man roster, but the veteran Gano gets the first crack at the job. The Panthers have one of the highest implied team totals of the week, so Gano is firmly in the mix as one of the better Week 1 fantasy options.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said if the Panthers are unable to trade one of their two kickers, Graham Gano will kick against the 49ers in Week 1.

The Panthers decided to keep two kickers on their 53-man roster as a temporary measure in hopes of trading either Gano or seventh-round rookie Harrison Butker, but so far they haven't found any takers. If that's still the case by next Sunday, Gano will get the nod against San Francisco. Gano converted just 30-of-38 kicks last year with a long of 54 yards.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 03:57:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers are "getting trade calls" on K Graham Gano.

Gano made just 3-of-5 kicks during the preseason and appears to have lost the starting job to seventh-round rookie Harrison Butker. The Panthers aren't going to keep two kickers and will probably end up releasing Gano if a deal isn't reached by Saturday's 4 PM ET deadline for final roster cuts.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 10:09:00 AM

Panthers K Graham Gano (heel) has been medically cleared.

Gano had surgery in mid-January after playing through a broken bone in his foot last season. It's part of the reason for his 2016 struggles. Gano needs to hold off seventh-rounder Harrison Butker to keep his job.
Sat, May 20, 2017 02:50:00 PM

The Panthers have put incumbent K Graham Gano on notice following the selection of seventh-round K Harrison Butker.

Gano had a down 2016, making just 30-of-38 field goal attempts and missing three in the final game of the year. He had an excuse, however, as Gano was playing through a broken foot. Gano remained an asset on kickoffs last season but has become expensive carrying a $3.2 million salary for 2017.
Mon, May 1, 2017 09:04:00 AM

Panthers K Graham Gano underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his plant foot.

Gano was able to play through the injury the final three weeks, but he indicated after the season he would need surgery. It is unclear how long he will be out, but it would be a surprise if he is sidelined into training camp.
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Panthers K Graham Gano plans to play through a broken bone in his plant foot.

Coach Ron Rivera called it a "ballerina injury" after the win against the Chargers on Sunday. "When I heard that (Ron Rivera) said it, I laughed too. But yeah, it’s a very common injury with ballet dancers I guess," Gano said. "So, I broke a bone somewhere in the heel." Gano recognized the problem in Sunday's game, but he still managed to hit all four of his attempts and both extra points. He should be fine moving forward.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:49:00 AM

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