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Ravens appear to have leverage in kicker market

The first domino for free-agent kickers fell Friday morning, when Jay Feely agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The Ravens could have the upper-hand in the free-agent market. The Feely deal takes the Cardinals out of the market for a kicker, and it leaves Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham still without teams. The Ravens might have their pick of either one.

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The Ravens met with Graham at last month's NFL owners meetings and contacted Rackers, who had been considering re-signing with the Cardinals. The Ravens are seeking to add another veteran to compete with Billy Cundiff, a restricted free agent.

Besides the Ravens, there are five other teams who could use help at kicker. The Dallas Cowboys (who have David Buehler and Connor Hughes), Cincinnati Bengals (Dave Rayner), Washington Redskins (Graham Gano and Justin Medlock) and Atlanta Falcons (Matt Bryant and former Raven Steve Hauschka) appear to have unsettled situations at kicker.

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But the Bengals might look to the draft, where they have selected kickers before. The Cowboys might be willing to go with Buehler, who they invested a fifth-round pick in 2009. It's unknown whether the Redskins and Falcons will make a move.

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