By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots have found their replacement for the injured Stephen Gostkowski, as the team signed Mike Nugent, who was previously reported as one of the free agents trying out for the team, on Thursday. The story was first reported by Ian Rapoport.
Nugent, 37, has played for the Jets, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Bengals, Bears, Cowboys, and Raiders over the past 14 seasons. He most recently went 6-for-6 on field goals and 4-for-5 on extra points in six games with Oakland in 2018.
The move comes the day after the Patriots placed longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve, amid reports that he needs season-ending surgery. Gostkowski had played in 149 consecutive games (including playoffs) prior to Wednesday.
Reports on Wednesday and Thursday indicated that the Patriots were working out free-agent kickers in Foxboro. Head coach Bill Belichick denied that the team had worked out any kickers and would not elaborate on any reason for doing so. They often work out free agents at every position to keep lists of emergency options. Obviously, they have reached such a point at kicker.
Nugent wins the job over veterans Kai Forbath and Blair Walsh, in addition to Younghoe Koo, Josh Gable, Matthew Wright, and Elliott Fry.
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