Mike Nugent has found a new NFL home. The former Ohio State kicker signed with the Oakland Raiders over the weekend. This is the eighth NFL team for the Centerville, Ohio native in his 13-year NFL career.
From the Raiders’ press release:
NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Mike Nugent, the club announced Saturday. Nugent joins the Raiders a veteran of 13 seasons, spending time with the New York Jets (2005-08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Arizona Cardinals (2009), Cincinnati Bengals (2010-16), Dallas Cowboys (2017) and most recently with the Chicago Bears. Originally a second-round pick (47th overall) of the Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft, Nugent has appeared in 161 contests and registered an 81 percent career average on field goals, making 247-of-305 attempts, while making 359-of-372 (96.5 percent) PATs and totaling 1,100 points. He has appeared in five postseason games, making 7-of-8 field goal attempts and connecting on all five PATs. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound kicker spent time with both the Cowboys and Bears, connecting on 11-of-13 field goal attempts (84.6 percent) while making 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) PATs. In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived K Giorgio Tavecchio. Tavecchio was elevated to the active roster ahead of the club’s Week 1 contest in 2017 and made 16-of-21 field goal attempts while going 33-of-34 on PATs.
Nugent played at Ohio State from 2001 to 2004. The kicker struggled as a true freshman, making just seven of his 14 field goal attempts and missing two extra points. Nugent turned his play around as a sophomore, converting 25 of 28 field goal attempts and all but one of his extra points, helping the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship. In the title game against the University of Miami, Nugent made one of his two field goal attempts and all four extra points.
In four years with the Scarlet and Gray, Nugent made 72 of his 88 field goal attempts and was a consensus All-American in 2002 and 2004 and won the Lou Groza Award as a senior. By the time his college career was over, the kicker broke or tied 22 school records, including most points in a career by any player at Ohio State (356).
Nugent was selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft (47th overall) by the Jets. He spent four seasons in New York where he converted on 81.5 percent of his field goal attempt but lost his job to Jay Feely while injured in 2008. Nugent was not retained by the Jets following the season and signed with the Buccaneers during the 2009 offseason. He won the job in preseason but struggled early in the year and was released by Tampa Bay in early October. Nugent was signed by the Cardinals in the middle of December as a replacement for the team’s injured kicker but was released less than a month later.
Finally, in the 2010 offseason, Nugent signed with the Bengals, an organization he would stay with for seven years. During his time in Cincinnati, Nugent made 247 of 256 field goal attempts. He was cut in December of 2016 after missing five extra point attempts in five games. Nugent signed with the Giants in August of 2017 but lost the competition for the starting kicker position and was cut. He briefly was a member of the Cowboys later that year as a replacement for the injured Dan Bailey but was released upon Bailey’s return. In December of 2017, Nugent signed with the Bears to replace the injured Cairo Santos before now signing with the Raiders.
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