It was inevitable that when the Jets drafted Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent last Saturday in the second round that Doug Brien’s days were numbered. The Jets made it official today by cutting the eleven year veteran.
Brien gets the boot. It was inevitable that when the Jets drafted Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent last Saturday in the second round that Doug Brien’s days were numbered. The Jets made it official today by cutting the eleven year veteran.
Brien, a veteran of 152 games, served as the Jets’ place-kicker the past two seasons, and, with an 81.1% conversion rate over the course of his career, ranks as one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. With the Jets, Brien converted 83.6 % of his field goal attempts (51-of-61) and was 57-of-58 on extra points (98.3 %). Unfortunately despite his overall success, Brien will be remembered by most Jets fans for missing two FG’s in the playoffs this past January against Pittsburgh that would have propelled the Jets to the AFC Championship against the Patriots.
“Doug Brien did a great job for us in the two years that he was here and wore our uniform,” said Head Coach Herman Edwards. “At this point in time, we feel that making this move gives Doug some freedom in his options in terms of continuing on in his career. We, as an organization, wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his contributions.”
*Portions of this article courtesy NY Jets.
MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: The Jets have reportedly re-signed G Brandon Moore to a six year extension. Moore, a three year veteran from Illinois, is a former undrafted free agent who was converted from defensive tackle to offensive guard by the Jets and since has become a steady presence on the Jets offensive line.
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