After one of the worst seasons of his career — one that included being cut from the Bengals roster before the end of the regular season -- former Ohio State hero Mike Nugent has been given one more shot in the NFL, signing with the New York Giants.
The #Giants signed veteran K Mike Nugent, who will battle with Aldrick Rosas, the only other kicker on the roster.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1, 2017
Despite a rough season last year, he’s had a relatively successful career and will still go down as another kicking legend. So far in the league, he’s nailed 236 of 292 field goals attempts (80.8%) and 344 of 355 extra point attempts — six of the 11 misses were in 2016 alone — for an incredible 1,052 total points scored during his 12 season career.
The timing of his fall from grace comes on the heels of the NFL changing to rules for both field goal and extra point attempts. The league pushed kickers back 13 yards for the point after, dropping the success rate by almost 6% in 2016. It was a big story in Week 11 when 12 attempts were blocked or missed across the NFL.
The kicker signed a new contract with Cincinnati in 2016; a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. Having spent seven total season with the organization, Nugent saw both career-highs and lows back in his home state.
It wasn’t until he made his way back to Ohio in 2010, that he returned to the type of performance and production that Buckeye fans had come to expect from Nugent during his time in Columbus.
Nugent was drafted out of Ohio State in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft (No. 47 overall) by the New York Jets. He spent four seasons -- the duration of his rookie contract — with the team, before splitting the 2009 season between the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.