Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/25/12

The Bengals announced Wednesday that they have signed franchise player Mike Nugent to a one-year tender believed to be worth $2.65 million.

Nugent, the team's starting kicker, set Bengals team records last season for points (132) and field goals (33) in a season.

The 5-10, 183 lb. Ohio State product will be entering his eighth season in the NFL in 2012.

"We’re happy Mike has signed in advance of our offseason camps,” said head coach Marvin Lewis, “and this does not preclude our continuing to talk to Mike and his representatives about reaching a longer-term agreement. Mike has been a fine performer for us."

Nugent joined the Bengals as a free agent in 2010. He ranked eighth in the NFL in field goal accuracy last season (86.8 percent on 33-of-38). He put 67 of his 80 kickoffs into the end zone, including 36 for touchbacks, and the Bengals finished first in the NFL in opponents’ starting field position after kickoffs (20.3-yard line).

Nugent also was voted by the team as its 2011 winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, due in large part to his successful comeback from a severe knee injury that sidelined him for the final seven games of 2010.

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