Negotiations Between Nugent And Bengals Are Ongoing

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Mike Nugent #2 of the Cincinnati Bengals kicks a field goal against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals beat the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Bengals Kicker Mike Nugent finally arrived at OTA's on Thursday, still without a long-term contract. Nugent says that negotiations for a desired long-term contract have not been easy, but he expects a deal to eventually be completed. Nugent was placed with the franchise tag in March and signed the franchise tender last month. Nugent attending the voluntary OTA's should be considered a step in the right direction. Many expected Nugent to skip OTA's and to attend June's mandatory minicamp. Nugent is keeping the long-term deal in perspective, as he remembers not having a team in 2009:

"It was really difficult," he said. "One of your goals is you want your team to want you back. That's the way I've looked at it. I'm in a very fortunate position in that my team wants me to come back for another season."

K Mike Nugent admits negotiations for long-term deal "haven't been easy," but he's optimistic it can get done. Arrived at OTAs Thursday.
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