The Chargers signed PK Nick Novak on Tuesday, as he will replace the injured Nate Kaeding on the roster. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the news.
Novak, who spent part of training camp last year with San Diego and was in Jets camp this summer, last kicked in the NFL for the Chiefs in 2008. In four seasons, the kicker has converted 19-of-30 field goals and has averaged 59.2 yards per kickoff.
The team needed to sign a replacement after losing Kaeding to a knee injury on the very first play of the season. The kicker attempted to tackle Vikings KR Percy Harvin on the opening kickoff, tearing ligaments in his knee in the process.
That was not the only move made by the Chargers on Tuesday. The team also signed DE Ogemdi Nwagbuo to provide depth for a defensive line that could be without DE Luis Castillo for an extended period of time because of a leg injury. To create room on the roster, reserve S C.J. Wallace was cut.
The way we see it
Novak is a solid kicker, as he nearly beat out Nick Folk for the Jets' job over the summer. But he is not on the level of Kaeding, who has made more than 86 percent of his field goals throughout his career. This is not good for a Chargers special-teams unit that is facing great pressure this season.