Bengals re-sign Mike Nugent and Wallace Gilberry
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wasn’t lying when he said the team plans to use its cap surplus on its own guys. Lewis’ Bengals re-signed 6 of their own players Thursday and Friday (RB Peerman, S Miles, WR Hawkins, LB Rey, P Huber, and LS Harris) and inking two more over the weekend.
The first was Mike Nugent, who will remain the Bengals’ kicker.
Nugent, who was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has re-signed with Cincinnati, according to the team’s website.
Last season Nugent made 19 of his 23 field goal attempts, with a long of 55 yards, and had 21 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs. Nugent ended the season on injured reserve with a calf injury, and Josh Brown kicked very well in Nugent’s absence. That led to some talk that the Bengals would let Nugent walk and bring back Brown as their kicker in 2013.
But instead it’s Brown who will walk, and Nugent who will kick for the Bengals this season.
The other player that got resigned this weekend is DE Wallace Gilberry. Per a league source, the Bengals have re-signed Gilberry to a three-year, $6.75 million contract.
Gilberry entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama. Signed by the Giants in 2008, he was cut before the start of the regular season. He joined the Chiefs, spending four years in Kansas City before signing last year with the Buccaneers.
Cut on September 14, Gilberry landed in Cincinnati, appeared in 14 games, notched 6.5 sacks, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against the Eagles.
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