The Jets have resigned kicker Jay Feely to a one year deal, while Mike Nugent signed with the Buccaneers.
Feely and Nugent were both free agents, and the Jets offered Nugent a chance to re-sign with them before the signing period began last Friday. Instead, Nugent -- a former second-round draft pick -- chose free agency and signed with Tampa Bay earlier Wednesday.
Feely was one of the top free-agent kickers available and attracted interest from at least four teams. He kicked a winning 34-yard field goal in overtime on Nov. 13 at New England that helped New York take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. He was reliable down the stretch for the Jets, making his last 14 field-goal attempts.
He has also kicked for the Giants, Atlanta and Miami, where he went 21-for-23 on field-goal attempts and set a franchise record with a 91.3 field-goal percentage but was cut last August. He signed a one-year deal with Kansas City, but was cut a day later after losing a "kick off" between him, Connor Barth and Nick Novak.
It would have been nice to sign the younger kicker, who is not best remembered for missing three game-winning kicks in a single contest. However, the Jets really could not go wrong. Feely did a great job filling in for Nugent a year ago after a shaky start.