Bengals re-sign kicker Mike Nugent to 2-year contract
Mike Nugent will return for his fourth season with the Cincinnati Bengals after signing onto a two-year deal. Other terms of the contract are unknown.
"It's great to be able to come back to a place where you love going to work every day. That obviously means a lot and I really think we've got a good thing going with the specialists,” Mike Nugent released in a statement. “We've been together a long time and that not only helps us, but it helps the team, too."
Last season Mike Nugent made 19 of his 23 field goal attempts (82.3 percent) and was solid on kickoffs (making 10 of 10), while also tying for the longest field goal at 55 yards (a franchise record) against Oakland Raiders in 2012. But after Mike Nugent suffered a calf injury on 5th December to end the season on the injured reserve, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Josh Brown to fill-in for him. Josh Brown did remarkably well over the next four games in Mike Nugent’s absence, converting 11 of 12 field goals (97.1 percent) with his only miss occurring on a 56-yarder against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Josh Brown covered that slip-up with a game-winning 43-yard field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers, en route to a playoffs berth.
So, there was speculation that the Cincinnati Bengals could bring back Josh Brown next season and let Mike Nugent, who was received the franchise tag after establishing team records with 132 points and 33 field goals in 2011, walk in free agency. Mike Nugent also ranks as the second franchise leader with 83.8 percent of his field goals while serving for the Cincinnati Bengals. The 31-year-old Mike Nugget returns to the team after prematurely ending his season on the IR for the second-time in three years. He was set to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday.
Although the Cincinnati Bengals’ intentions regarding Josh Brown are still not clear, they could sign him to through August to build completion in training camp, or he could also end up trying the free agency market this offseason.