Nick Novak K SD Mar 09 '13

Chargers re-signed K Nick Novak to a four-year, $6.6 million contract, including a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Novak, who turns 32 before the season, earned San Diego's confidence by making 18-of-20 field goal tries in 2012 and also converting all 33 of his PAT chances. The Chargers have officially turned the page on the Nate Kaeding era.

Nick Novak K SD Sep 28 '12

Chargers signed K Nick Novak.

Nate Kaeding got hurt in practice and won't be kicking Sunday. Novak, 31, converted 27-of-34 field goals last year, taking over following Kaeding's ACL tear. He's a viable alternative for fantasy owners desperate to use a Chargers kicker.

Nick Novak K SD Aug 10 '12

Nick Novak missed a 35-yard field goal in Thursday's preseason opener.

Chargers insider Kevin Acee believed that Nate Kaeding had already locked up the job even before Thursday night. But Novak may have sealed the deal by banging this chip-shot off the left upright. Kaeding, fully recovered from an ACL tear in his non-kicking leg, will be on the fantasy radar.

Nick Novak K SD Jan 17 '12

According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, Nick Novak "might have kicked himself out of a job" down the stretch.

Novak started out hot, but missed six of his final 16 attempts. Nate Kaeding, meanwhile, has already resumed kicking and "absolutely" expects to pick up where he left off before ACL surgery. Barring a setback, Kaeding will reclaim the job for 2012.

Nick Novak K SD Oct 10 '11

Nick Novak is 9-of-9 on field goals in the last two weeks.

With the Chargers struggling mightily in the red zone sans Antonio Gates, Novak has emerged as an elite fantasy kicker. Since taking over for Nate Kaeding, Novak is 11-of-11 in four games.

Nick Novak K SD Oct 03 '11

Nick Novak has made all six of his field goal attempts as a Charger.

Novak went 4-of-4 in yesterday's win over the Dolphins, including a make from 48 yards out. With Nate Kaeding (ACL) done for the season, fantasy owners can look to Novak as part of San Diego's high-scoring offense.

Nick Novak K SD Sep 14 '11

New Chargers K Nick Novak made 15-of-18 field-goal attempts in the UFL last season.

Novak fell out of the NFL because of his 19-of-30 career mark on field goals in the majors. But he says he's perfected his craft and points to his success in the minors as evidence. We'd make Novak prove he's improved, but the Chargers seem convinced. He's someone to monitor in fantasy circles as part of San Diego's explosive offense.

Nick Novak K SD Sep 13 '11

Chargers agreed to terms with K Nick Novak.

Novak won out over Jeff Reed, Dave Rayner, and a mystery fourth candidate. He spent last year's training camp in San Diego, so the Bolts are familiar with his leg. Novak is 19-of-30 (63.3 percent) on field goals in four short NFL stints. He'll get plenty of scoring chances in the Chargers' high-scoring offense, but accuracy is his bugaboo.

Nick Novak K SD Sep 12 '11

Free agent K Nick Novak is a "strong candidate" to fill-in for an injured Nate Kaeding in San Diego.

In the league since 2005, Novak failed to unseat Nick Folk for the Jets' kicking duties during training camp. Just 19-of-30 lifetime on field goals, Novak would be a huge downgrade from Kaeding, but likely still worth a look in fantasy leagues thanks to the offense he would be kicking for.