The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a while to get started in their free agent spending, but now that they have the ball rolling, no one can slow them down. The Bucs newest addition, former Jets kicker Mike Nugent who signed a one-year deal, which is reported to be the veteran minimum.
Nugent, a 2nd round pick of the New York Jets in 2005, was added to compete with incumbent K Matt Bryant. In his career, Nugent has made 75-of-92 (81.5 percent) of his field goals and 83-of-85 extra points. That includes 3-of-9 from 50-plus yards out.
"It is an open competition," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told WDAE 620 on Wednesday. "We talked to Matt earlier today to let him know what was going on, and we talked to Mike about it. We understand that Matt just set a single-season point record last year, but we want to continue to increase the competition."