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Chargers re-sign K Michael Badgley to a one-year deal

Badgley gets one more chance to solidify his job future with the Chargers.

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After his most-tumultuous season in Los Angeles yet, the Chargers’ new coaching staff is renewing their confidence in kicker Michael Badgley by re-signing him to a one-year deal.

The self-proclaimed “Money Badger” struggled with his deep kicks, combining to convert 10-of-19 from 40 yards or more. From 50+ yards, he was just two-of-six. His short to intermediate game was flawless, however, going a perfect 14-of-14 from 39 yard or less.

Badgley was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts following the 2018 NFL draft. He was eventually cut prior to the season in favor of veteran Adam Vinatieri.

After signing with the Bolts on October 18 of that year, Badgley made his NFL debut against the Browns in Week 6 where he converted on all five of his extra point attempts and his lone field goal attempt. Against the Bengals later that season, Badgley converted on a franchise-record 59-yard field goal.

In 2019, Badgley dealt with a groin injury that kept him out for half of the season. He finished the year 13-of-16 on field goals and converted all 19 of his PATs.

This past season, Badgley’s 12 combined missed kicks were second in the NFL only to now-former Vikings kicker Dan Bailey.

The Chargers signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino earlier this offseason in what should be viewed as an attempt to create some needed competition at the position ahead of next season.