There’s a new kicker in town and his name is Michael Badgley aka the “Money Badger”.
The Detroit Lions announced the signing of kicker Michael Badgley to the Practice Squad on Tuesday. Wednesday, he was at Lions practice all geared up in Honolulu Blue.
Badgley comes to the Lions after a strong performance with the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He was responsible for all of Chicago’s points in their 16-12 loss to the New York Giants. He made all four of his field goal attempts, but was released by the Bears the next day to make room for Cairo Santos.
The 27-year-old was born and raised in Summit, New Jersey. In high school he played hockey, lacrosse, and football, winning a state championship in each sport. Badgley attended Fork Union Military Academy before heading to the University of Miami, where he holds six school records.
Michael Badgley University of Miami Hurricane Football Team Records:
- Career Points scored: 1st – 403
- Career FGs: 1st – 77
- FGs Season: 1st – 25 (2015)
- FG Attempts Season: 1st – 30 (2015)
- FGs Game: 1st (Tie) – 5 (Nebraska 2015, Pittsburgh 2015)
- Longest FG: 1st (Tie) – 57 (Georgia Tech 2015)
Badgley signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He has been with several other organizations, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and most recently, the Chicago Bears.
His rookie year with the Chargers is where his nickname “Money Badger” originated. That year, he made 15-of-16 field goals, including one from a franchise-record 59 yards. He also completed 27-of-28 extra points. Badgley even trademarked the nickname “Money Badger” for use on merchandise.
Detroit’s move for Badgley comes after Dominik Eberle missed two extra points during Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Eberle was waived two days later, leaving an open spot on the Practice Squad.
Badgley joins the Detroit Lions Practice Squad as a backup to Austin Seibert who has been struggling with a groin injury. Seibert, who did not play last week, did participate in practice Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions face the New England Patriots on Sunday for their Week 5 matchup.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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