3 Kickers the Raiders Can Sign to Replace Daniel Carlson for Potential Playoff Run

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27:  Daniel Carlson #8 of the Oakland Raiders watches a replay on the scoreboard during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  The Texans defeated the Raiders 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Trailing 24-20, Derek Carr led the Oakland Raiders on a thrilling fourth-quarter drive to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-24, on "Thursday Night Football."

However, the game remained in question with just over a minute left, as the Chargers had a chance to win with a field goal on their final drive. While the Raiders ultimately won the Week 10 contest, a missed extra point on the Raiders' game-winning drive could have cost them.

Oakland's kicker, Daniel Carlson, missed the point-after attempt, which would have put Oakland up by three with a minute left in the game. The Raiders' defense held up, intercepting Philip Rivers to end the game, but the look on Jon Gruden's face said it all – Carlson could be looking for a new job soon. The second-year kicker out of Auburn also missed a field goal earlier in the game.

With that in mind, here are three kickers the Raiders could sign if they want to replace Carlson during a potential playoff run for Oakland.

1. Mike Nugent

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21:  Mike Nugent #2 of the New England Patriots cools off on the sideline against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Mike Nugent was just released by the New England Patriots, but he's proven to be a really solid option throughout his career. He owns an 80.9 field goal percentage during 15 years in the league and donned a Raider uniform for three games in 2018. He made all three of his field goal attempts with Oakland during that stint so a reunion could be in the cards.

2. Matt Bryant

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 27: Matt Bryant #3 of the Atlanta Falcons watches on in the first half of an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Matt Bryant was released by the Atlanta Falcons just last week, but he has proven to be one of the league's premier kickers prior to this season. He's made 85.6 percent of his kicks across his 19-year career, and made 95.2 percent of his field goals back in 2018. Bryant was in the middle of a down year before being let go, making just nine of his 14 attempts, but his track record is good enough for Oakland to kick the tires on the veteran.

3. Greg Joseph

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 09:  Greg Joseph #17 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after missing an extra point during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Greg Joseph is far less established than the other two options on this list, but he's been solid when given the opportunity. With the Cleveland Browns last season, he converted 17 of his 20 attempts (85.0 percent). Joseph's track record on extra points is a bit more concerning, as he missed four last season. However, Carlson has only made 75.0 percent of his field goals in 2019, so Joseph could ultimately prove to be an upgrade.

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