When it comes to re-signing free agents, the decision of whether to re-sign either kicker Mike Nugent or Josh Brown seems pretty minuscule, especially when compared to re-signing defensive end Michael Johnson and offensive tackle Andre Smith. However, the team needs to have a kicker and both Nugent and Brown played well enough to earn a new contract in 2013. So who's it going to be?
According to the folks at Pro Football Focus, the Bengals should 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.
Bengals Should Re-Sign Mike Nugent Over Josh Brown
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