Nugent played his fifth Bengals season in 2014 ... In regular season, made 26-of-33 FG attempts and was 39-for-39 on PATs ... Put 73 of his 78 kickoffs in the end zone, with 37 going for touchbacks ... In Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis, made second-longest FG (57 yards) in NFL postseason history ... Made five FGs in first half Sept. 7 at Baltimore, tying NFL record for most FGs in a half ... Made 19 of his last 21 FG attempts, as he followed a miss in OT vs. Carolina with 15 straight, before missing a 50-yarder in season finale ... His career-best 132 points and 33 FGs made in 2011 are Bengals season records, and he shares team mark for longest regular-season FG (55 yards) ... Former Ohio State All-American entered NFL as second-round N.Y. Jets draft pick in 2005.
Career transactions: Selected by N.Y. Jets in second round of 2005 NFL Draft (47th overall) ... Signed with Jets on 7-29-05 ... Signed with Tampa Bay as unrestricted free agent on 3-4-09 ... Released by Buccaneers on 10-6-09 ... Signed with Arizona on 12-16-09 ... Released by Cardinals on 1-1-10 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 4-23-10 ... Designated as Bengals franchise player on 3-2-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals as designated franchise player on 4-25-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-10-13 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-9-15.
Long ones: In Cincinnati’s Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, Nugent boomed a 57-yard FG just before halftime, the second-longest in NFL postseason history, behind only a 58-yarder by Miami’s Pete Stoyanovich in 1990. The tied-for-third-longest NFL postseason FGs are a pair of 55-yarders. Nugent’s 57-yarder broke the Bengals postseason record by 10 yards, eclipsing a 47-yarder by Josh Brown at Houston in 2012. In regular season, Nugent shares the Bengals record for longest FG, at 55 yards. He connected on Nov. 25, 2012 vs. Oakland for the 55-yarder, tying a Bengals mark set only once previously, by Chris Bahr on Sept. 23, 1979 vs. Houston.
More 2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Made three-of-four FG attempts on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, making from 44, 38 and 42 yards before missing from 36 yards as clock expired in overtime ... Hit both FG attempts on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, from 22 and 42 yards, respectively, with the 42 yarder coming as first-half clock expired ... Made both FG attempts on Nov. 23 at Houston, including 49-yard FG (tied season long) late in fourth to make it a two-score game ... Had a pair of key 44-yard FGs in first half Dec. 14 at Cleveland as Bengals moved to commanding lead, and finished the game three-for-three ... Three-for-three on FGs on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, including a 49-yarder (tied for personal season-long), and a 23-yarder in fourth quarter to give Bengals lead for good at 30-28 ... Made one of two FG attempts on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, hitting from 39 yards and missing from 50, the miss snapping a streak of 15 consecutive FGs made
Nugent’s game-winners: Nugent has made seven game-winning FGs in the last two minutes of regulation or in overtime ... On 10-20-13 at Detroit, he kicked a 54-yarder at final gun for a 27-24 win ... The week before, 10-13-13 at Buffalo, his 43-yarder in overtime gave Bengals a 27-24 win ... On 10-2-11 vs. Buffalo, converted from 43 yards as time expired to give Bengals 23-20 win ... On 11-27-11 vs. Cleveland, hit a 26-yarder with 0:38 left for 23-20 win ... For Jets vs. Pittsburgh on 11-18-07, his 38-yarder in OT produced a 19-16 win ... For Jets vs. Kansas City 12-30-07, his 43-yarder in OT netted 13-10 win ... For Jets at Miami on 12-25-06, made a 30-yard FG in the rain with 10 seconds left, lifting New York to 13-10 win in Monday night game.
More from previous seasons: 2005—Second-round draft pick played in every Jets game and scored 90 points, going 22-for-28 on FGs and 24-for-24 on PATs ... Went four-for-four on FGs in win Dec. 11 vs. Oakland. 2006—Scored 106 points as Jets went 10-6 to earn Wild Card playoff berth ... Made 24-of-27 FG attempts, setting Jets season accuracy record (88.9 percent) ... Made all three FG attempts in playoff loss at New England. 2007—Logged second straight 100-point season for Jets (110) ... 50-yard FG on Sept. 16 at Baltimore was his 19th straight, a streak that ranked second in Jets history ... Went four-for-four on FGs in consecutive games Dec. 2 at Miami and Dec. 9 vs. Cleveland. 2008—Suffered quad injury on a kickoff in Jets opener Sept. 7 at Miami and was not able to finish game ... Following recovery, Jets chose not to displace Jay Feely as No. 1 kicker, and Nugent remained on roster on game day inactive status through season’s end. 2009—Played Games 1-4 for Tampa Bay after signing as UFA, but released after Week 4 ... Signed with Arizona and played Games 14-15, but released the week of Game 16. 2010—Joined Bengals as free agent and posted longest streak of consecutive made FGs to open a Cincinnati career, nine-of-nine during Games 1-4 ... Earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, when he went five-for-five on FGs (career high for a game), scoring all of Cincinnati’s points in 15-10 win ... AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September ... Suffered knee injury (ACL tear) on onside kick attempt Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, ending his season. 2011—Played in all 16 Bengals games and Wild Card playoff ... Scored Bengals-record 132 points in regular season, surpassing Shayne Graham’s mark of 131 from 2005, and his 33 FGs also set club mark, passing Graham’s 31 in ’05 ... Made late game-winning FGs vs. Buffalo and vs. Cleveland (details in previous item, “Nugent’s game-winners”) ... First in AFC and second in NFL in total FGs ... Had 67 of his 80 kickoffs (83.8 percent) reach end zone and helped Bengals rank first in NFL in average starting field position after kicking off (20.3-yard line) ... One-for-two on FGs in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston, going wide right from 50 yards before converting from 37. 2012—Made 19-of-23 FG attempts, but suffered calf injury in practice Dec. 5, causing him to miss last four games and Wild Card playoff ... Made both FG attempts (39, 37) in win Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Two-for-two (both 35-yarders) on Sept. 30 at Jacksonville ... Converted both FG attempts (19 and 24 yards) on Dec. 2 at San Diego. 2013—Played in Games 1-16, going 18-for-22 on FGs and 52-for-53 on PATs, and also played in Wild Card playoff ... On kickoffs, 57 of his 72 reached end zone, with 30 of those for touchbacks ... Details on Nugent’s game-winning FGs on Oct. 13 at Buffalo and on Oct. 20 at Detroit are in previous item (“Nugent’s game-winners) ... Went two-for-two FGs on Oct. 31 at Miami, including go-ahead 54-yarder with 1:24 to play, but Dolphins came back to tie and eventually win in OT ... Connected on his lone FG try, from 46 yards, Dec. 1 at San Diego, giving Bengals two-score lead in fourth quarter ... Pressed into emergency punting duties on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, following injury to P Kevin Huber, and punted twice for a gross and net average of 40.0 ... Made both FG attempts (39, 38) Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore ... Made his only FG attempt (46) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
Do-it-yourself Block winner: Nugent was named in 2011 as the Bengals’ recipient of the annual Ed Block Courage Award, which honors players who demonstrate commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage. Nugent suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his kicking leg in Game 9 of 2010, but fully recovered and was ready in time for the start of ’11 training camp in late July. The NFL lockout during the ’11 offseason complicated an already-difficult rehabilitation process for an ACL injury, and Nugent earned praise for arranging much of his own treatment for recovery.
College: Left Ohio State with 22 school records, including most career points (356) ... Won the Lou Groza Award (given annually to the nation’s top kicker) as a senior in 2004 and was a consensus All-American ... In OSU’s 2002 national title season, he scored school-record 120 points and became first Buckeye kicker to earn first-team All-America honors ... Was 72-for-88 (81.8 percent) on career FGs.
Personal: Hometown is Centerville, Ohio ... Attended Centerville High School, where he was a second-team Division I All-Ohio selection by Associated Press ... Also played QB as a prep senior ... Earned degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business ... Married (wife Emily) ... Offseason residence is Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Active in community service; has worked with United Way, Taste of NFL and Cancer Free Kids ... Father, Dan, played football at Wisconsin and Dayton ... In 2006, Nugent appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and kicked a football through a 12th-floor window at the CBS offices ... Hobbies include golf, trap shooting, traveling and coaching football camps.
The Bengals kick-started free agency Sunday with their major special teams operation intact after they signed kicker Mike Nugent to a two-year deal that sets up Tuesday's official/unofficial opening for free agency.