Chargers sign familiar face in kicker Nick Novak, waive Younghoe Koo
By Jack Wang
COSTA MESA — The Chargers signed a new kicker. Or rather, they brought back their old kicker.
On Tuesday, the team waived rookie Younghoe Koo and replaced him with veteran Nick Novak, the second-most accurate kicker in franchise history. Koo, who missed a potential game-winner against Miami in Week 2, leaves the Chargers having made just three of six field goals.
“It was time to bring in someone with a little more consistency and a little more experience,” said Coach Anthony Lynn.
Novak, who still lives in San Diego, made 101 of 117 regular-season field goal attempts as a Charger from 2011-14. He tied a franchise record in 2013 with 34 field goals made, and ranks seventh on the team’s all-time scoring list with 889 points.
The 36-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Texans, but lost his job to former UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn after training camp this year.