Bengals tag Mike Nugent

Bengals tag Mike Nugent

The Bengals have until July 16 to negotiate a long-term deal for Nugent. Otherwise, he'll play the season under a one-year franchise tender.

Nugent is an eighth-year NFL player in 2012. He has played two seasons for the Bengals after signing as a free agent for 2010.

< This past season he helped the Bengals gain a playoff berth by setting franchise records for points (132) and field goals (33). He ranked eighth in the NFL in field goal accuracy (86.8 percent on 33-of-38). He put 67 of his 80 kickoffs into the end zone, 36 of those going for touchbacks, and the Bengals finished first in the NFL in opponents' starting field position after kickoffs (20.3-yard line).

Nugent also was voted by the team as its 2011 winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, due in large part to his successful comeback from a severe knee injury that sidelined him for the final seven games of 2010.

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