Its Franchise Tag Friday and the Bengals are finally getting in on the act, as they’ve opted to use their tag on free agent kicker Mike Nugent, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The estimated cost of the kicker tag is $2.6 million, so it was a use it or lose it situation for the Bengals, as Nugent has proven he’s worth close to that amount per year after two solid seasons with the Bengals in which he was as clutch in the 4th-quarter of games as any other kicker. He made a franchise-record 33/38 field goals last season. Nugent also greatly affected field position, as he reached the end zone on 67/80 kickoffs with 36 being touchbacks.
The Bengals were debating on weather to slap the tag on Nugent or free agent safety Reggie Nelson. The tag cost for a safety is only $6.2 million, but hopefully by using the tag on Nugent means the team is confident they can re-sign Nelson, as the free agent market for safety is thin and the NFL Draft pool of safeties isn’t very deep either.