And boom goes the dynamite.
The Chargers are officially naming Tristan Vizcaino as the team’s starting kicker after it was reported that Michael Badgley is among today’s cuts ahead of the 4:00 p.m. ET deadline.
In three seasons with the Bolts, Badgley made 80 percent (52-of-65) of his field goal attempts and 82 of his 86 extra point attempts. After converting 93.8 percent of his attempts as a rookie, including a franchise record 59-yarder, Badgley watched his conversion percentage drop to 81.3 percent in 2019 and then 72.7 percent this past season.
In 2020, he finished second in the NFL in total missed kicks with 12, behind only Dan Bailey who missed 13.
Vizcaino takes over the Chargers’ job in his third year as a pro. He’s currently three-for-three in regular season games, all of which came when he was with the 49ers this past season.
It’s a new era for the Chargers as a franchise and fans are likely ecstatic that it also includes a fresh face at the team’s most-problematic position of the past five years.