Chargers, Nick Novak reach contract agreement

Nick NovakNick Novak and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to four more years together.

Novak took over as starting kicker after Nate Kaeding tore his ACL during the 2011 season. Kaeding was injured on the opening kickoff of 2011 against the Minnesota Vikings.

You might ask,”How in the world could he have injured his knee on a kickoff?” However, Vikings return-man Percy Harvin ran 103 yards for a touchdown, Nate Kaeding tried to stop him, but tore his ACL in the process.

Ever since that horrific play, Nick Novak has stepped in and made a huge impact. Last season he made 18 out of the 20 field goals he attempted, the two missed attempts were for 50+ yards. He scored 87 total points for his team. Novak was a 90% kicker, earning him the eighth highest ranking in the NFL. He also has the third highest rating in San Diego history.

He has signed a four year contract for $6.6 million. The contract includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.

The Chargers have also re-signed long-snapper Mike Windt, along with kick-returner Richard Goodman to maintain special teams success. Novak also will have his holder (Charlie Whitehurst) returning.

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