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Bengals Free Agency: Mike Nugent Re-signed Instead of Josh Brown


Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) kicks a field goal during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

It’s becoming apparent that the Bengals’  first priority in free agency was making sure all of their primary special teams players were re-signed, and that theme continued to day with the announcement the club has re-signed kicker Mike Nugent:

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals are making the right move re-signing Nugent, who they consider the third best free agent kicker in the league.

"Although his field goal percentage of 84.2% doesn’t look great, he was perfect on kicks within 40 yards. While he is not one of the few kickers that is extremely accurate at long kicks, his average kickoff distance of 67.8 yards is the best of the free agent group, and that is a number that stays more consistent than field goal percentage. He is coming off an injury which might be a concern, but since the Bengals liked what they saw from Josh Brown, Nugent might be the most readily available good kicker."

Nugent essentially beat out Josh Brown, who took over towards the end of the year and was perfect from 20 to 29 yards (three of three), 30 to 39 yards (five of five) and 40 to 49 yards (four of four).

Nugent is almost 3 years younger than Brown (31 to Brown’s 34), and may actually come cheaper given that he is coming off of an injury. Mike Brown likes cheap, especially when Andre Smith is still left to be re-signed.

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