Bengals Franchise Kicker Mike Nugent

The Bengals have placed the franchise tag on kicker Mike Nugent.

A 2005 second-round pick out of Ohio State by the New York Jets, Nugent spent three-plus seasons in the Big Apple before bouncing splitting 2009 between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals. Signed by the Bengals during the 2010 season, Nugent is 48-of-57 on field goal attempts in his last 25 games.

In 2011, Nugent was 33-of-38 on field goal attempts, with four of his five misses coming during the month of December. Nugent earned the league minimum in 2011 ($685,000), but under the franchise tag, would play for $2.665 million in 2012.

Today is also Nugent’s 30th birthday.


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