Today the Bengals held their first Organized Team Activity (OTA). Every signed player was in attendance except for kicker Mike Nugent. Nugent received the franchise tag from the Bengals in early March and signed his franchise tag tender last month. It is worth noting that offseason workouts and OTA's are voluntary. Nugent is not expected to arrive until mandatory minicamp June 12-14.
Last season, Nugent made 33 out of the 38 kicks that he attempted, arguably the best season of the 30 year old veterans career. In seven seasons, Nugent has completed 80.9 percent of his kicks, including five of 40 yards or longer. Nugent is expected to receive about $2.6 million for the 2012 season. Nugent's agent, Ken Harris, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Nugent was too busy with his upcoming wedding to work out a long-term deal with the team. Nugent still would like to sign a long term deal with the team, as he explained in April:
"Everyone is looking for the long-term contract so you can stay with your team for a good amount of years, Hopefully this tag will be an extension of our discussions."