The preseason for the 2021 NFL season is officially in the rearview, which means it’s time for teams to make their final roster decisions.
Unfortunately, that means hundreds of players will be out of the job. As rosters trim to 53, there will be tough decisions for every team to make.
That was the case this afternoon when the Los Angeles Chargers made a final decision on their kicker battle. Veteran kicker Michael Badgley, who started for the team last season and played in each of the past three seasons, is no longer with the team.
According to a report from Tom Pelissero, the Chargers released the veteran kicker.
The #Chargers are cutting kicker Michael Badgley, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
Badgley lost out on the starting job to former Washington Huskies kicker Tristan Vizcaino. The former Husky had cups of coffee with five NFL teams before landing with the Chargers this offseason.
After a strong showing in training camp, Vizcaino clearly did enough to impress the coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Badgley’s inconsistent 2020 season doomed him. He made just 24 of 33 field goals last season. He also missed three extra points on the year.
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