The Cincinnati Bengals become the second NFL team to issue the franchise tag to their kicker. The Cleveland Browns gave it to Phil Dawson on Friday and the Bengals did the same to kicker Mike Nugent. This means Nugent will return to Cincinnati on a one-year guaranteed contract.
Nugent had a terrific season for the Bengals, hitting on 33-of-38 field goal attempts. That was by far the best year in his career. He's an 80 percent career kicker. When your strengths are playing well on defense and controlling the clock, you can't underestimate the need for a good kicker (well, maybe you can).
Nugent returns to a Bengals team that is young and has a lot of promise, particularly at quarterback (Andy Dalton) and receiver (A.J. Green) along with the presence of two first round picks heading into April's draft.
Nugent was originally a second round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
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