NEW ORLEANS -- After more than 72 hours of waiting and wondering, the New Orleans Saints great kicker mystery of 2014 has finally been solved.
The team resigned veteran kicker Shayne Graham Tuesday after terminating his contract on Saturday in order to cut its roster to 53 players. To make room for Graham, the Saints waived third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin, who lost his bid to backup Drew Brees.
Graham battled the younger and untested Derek Dimke for the position throughout the offseason, while both made each of their four attempts over the course of four exhibition games.
Head coach Sean Payton said he was satisfied with both kickers and wasn't looking elsewhere to sign one, though several such as Ryan Succop, Jay Feely and Alex Henry became available over the weekend.
Griffin was activated from the Saints practice squad after seven weeks last season, when the St. Louis Rams attempted to sign him. Had he been cut on Saturday, he like would have been scooped up on waivers by another team.
The league's 31 other teams now have 24 hours to claim Griffin before the Saints could sign him to the practice squad, though that would require the team cutting one of those 10 players.
In four preseason games this year, Griffin was 48 of 77 for 530 yards, three touchdown and an interception, while leading the Saints in passing yardage and completion percentage (62.3). He had a quarterback rating of 90.3.