Mike Nugent was not the missing piece that the Jets needed to get over the hump during the Herm Edwards era in New York.
In Cincinnati, Mike Nugent is a franchise player.
Okay, he’s not a player that you build a franchise around. And he’s not going to be the difference between advancing in the playoffs or not. (Most likely.) But he will be designated the team’s franchise player on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The franchise tag for kickers is “only” $2.6 million. Nugent is the first kicker to be franchised, but he will hardly be the last. Connor Barth and Josh Scobee could be next.