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  • Wil Lutz K | DEN

    Jaguars' Wil Lutz: Next stop, Jacksonville

    Lutz is slated to sign a three-year contract with the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Lutz was solid for Denver last season, converting 30 of 34 field-goal tries and 29 of 31 extra-point attempts. He improved markedly with a field-goal conversion percentage of 88, as compared to 74 percent with the Saints in 2022. Now, Lutz will replace Brandon McManus as the starting placekicker for Jacksonville.

  • Buccaneers' Chase McLaughlin: Staying with Tampa Bay

    McLaughlin has agreed to terms on a three-year deal to remain with the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    During the 2023 regular season, McLaughlin made 29 of his 31 field-goal attempts for a success rate of 93.5 percent, a pace that broke the Buccaneers' single-season record. Looking ahead, the 27-year-old kicker will continue to work behind an offense that will feature QB Baker Mayfield and WR Mike Evans, both of whom are slated to remain with Tampa Bay in 2024 after agreeing to re-up with the franchise ahead of free agency.

  • Jets' Greg Zuerlein: Re-signing with New York

    Zuerlein is slated to sign a two-year, $8.4 million deal to remain with the Jets, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    In 16 regular-season games with New York in 2023, Zuerlein connected on 35 of his 38 field-goal attempts and 15 of his 16 extra-point tries en route to recording 120 points. Looking ahead, the 36-year-old's fantasy upside hinges on the performance of the Jets offense in 2024, The unit figures to be buoyed by the looming return to action of veteran franchise QB Aaron Rodgers (Achilles).

  • Chargers' Cameron Dicker: Tendered by Chargers

    Los Angeles placed a contract tender on Dicker on Friday.

    Dicker was an exclusive-rights free agent, and he converted 52 of 55 field-goal tries in his first two pro seasons, so it's no surprise to see the Chargers move to re-up him. Last season, Dicker was good on 31 of his 33 field-goal tries, plus all 35 of his extra-point attempts. His accuracy alone is enough to make Dicker a valuable kicker for fantasy purposes, but his volume could well also increase in 2024 -- Brandon Staley is no longer around to champion aggressive fourth-down calls, and new head coach Jim Harbaugh may potentially favor more consistently racking up points via the kicking game.

  • Texans' Ka'imi Fairbairn: Staying in Houston

    Fairbairn agreed Wednesday with Houston on a three-year contract, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    According to Wilson, Fairbairn's deal is expected to be worth $5.3 million annually, which would place him fourth in the league among all kickers. The 30-year-old has spent his entire professional career with the Texans, converting 87.1 percent of field-goal attempts and 92.4 percent of extra-point tries. Fairbairn has attempted exactly six field goals of 50-plus yards in six consecutive seasons, making at least three of those tries each season and 72.5 percent of them for his career. Fairbairn finished third among kickers in fantasy points per game in 2023, though he missed five games in November and December with a quadricep injury.

  • Mike Badgley K | DET

    Lions' Michael Badgley: Re-signs with Lions

    Badgley is re-signing with the Lions on a one-year contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Badgley spent much of 2023 on Detroit's practice squad before eventually replacing a struggling Riley Patterson for the final four games of the regular season and the playoffs. Badgley converted each of his seven field-goal attempts and 24 of 26 PATs after taking over, but he'll likely have to compete with Patterson or another kicker to win the job in 2024.

  • Tyler Bass K | BUF

    Bills' Tyler Bass: Ups and downs in 2023 season

    Bass made 24 out of 29 field-goal attempts and 49 of 50 extra-point tries in 17 regular-season games in 2023.

    It's the postseason that really leaves a pimple on Bass's season, as he made just two of five field-goal attempts over two playoff games, including a 44-yarder that would have tied the divisional-round loss to the Chiefs with 1:43 left to play. The 121 points for Bass in the regular season represented his worst total in four NFL campaigns and put him in the 15th spot among all kickers, disappointing considering the Bills were sixth in the NFL in points scored.

  • Chargers' Cameron Dicker: Excellent in second season

    Dicker converted 31 of his 33 field-goal attempts and all 35 of his extra-point attempts over 17 games for the Chargers during the regular season.

    After years of poor kicking production, the Chargers appear to have finally struck gold in the form of Dicker, who has missed just three of his field-goal attempts dating back to his 2022 rookie season. He seemed to quell any concerns about long-distance kicks, as the 23-year-old made seven from 50-plus yards out after failing to make his lone attempt from that range in 2022. The introduction of head coach Jim Harbaugh could add value to Dicker's fantasy prospects next season, considering the aggressive fourth-down tendencies that Brandon Staley displayed during his tenure will likely be tossed to the wayside in favor of a more conventional approach.

  • Mike Badgley K | DET

    Lions' Michael Badgley: Converts four field goals in 2023

    Badgley converted four of four field-goal attempts and 13 of 15 PATs over four games in 2023.

    Once Detroit lost patience with Riley Patterson after missing two PATs in three games, Badgley was brought in with mixed results. Not only did he miss two PATs in his four regular-season games, the strong-legged kicker only converted one field goal from over 40 yards over this stretch with just one more from at least this range over three postseason games. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, Badgley is not locked in as Detroit's starting kicker entering the 2024 campaign.

  • Jaguars' Riley Patterson: Joins Jaguars

    Patterson signed a reserve/future contract with the Jaguars on Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    Brandon McManus, the Jaguars' kicker in 2023, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. If McManus ultimately leaves for another opportunity, Patterson would become the team's only player at the position. The 24-year-old converted 16 of 18 field-goal attempts across 15 games this season between the Lions (13) and Browns (two), while also nailing 35 of 37 extra points.

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