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Vikings Cut Veteran Kicker Ryan Longwell


Rick Spielman is sticking to his word when he said he wanted to get this team younger. Today the Vikings announced that they have released 37 year old veteran kicker, Ryan Longwell.

Longwell spent his first 9 years with the Packer and came over to the Vikings as a free agent in 2006. Longwell has been a reliable kicker for the Vikings since joining the team and in 2009 and 2010, he was the most accurate kicker in the NFL. Longwell did struggle last year making only 22-28 field goals which ultimately could of played a role in his release.

Vikings used a 6th round pick on Georgia Kicker Blair Walsh and many thought that they would have a compitition heading into training camp. Walsh has a big leg but hasn’t been the most accurate kicker coming out of college. In his 4 years of college, Walsh made 76 of 103 field goals he attempted. Also, last year he led the nation in attempts with 35 while converting 21 of those. In his defense, 10 of those misses were from 40 yards or beyond.

It’s still a risky move to put that much trust into a rookie kicker but after getting a hands on look last weekend at the rookie mini camp, the Vikings must feel pretty good about their new Kicker.


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3 Responses to “Vikings Cut Veteran Kicker Ryan Longwell”

  1. Stonginator says:

    I sure hope Walsh is a REALLY good kicker . . .
    Back in 09′ when we were robbed, he won a handful of games for us.

  2. Jay says:

    Maybe I’m overvaluing Longwell’s ability at this stage of his career, but I’m surprised they couldn’t get at least a 7th round draft pick from a team that needs a kicker. Maybe the Vikes tried to trade him but couldn’t because a lot of other teams agree with their assessment? Maybe he is due too much money in the next two years? Maybe his lack of leg strength on kickoffs trumped his consistent accuracy on FGs, particularly inside 40 yards?

    Who is the next to go? Winfield or Kevin Williams? If not before this season, they will likely be jettisoned next off-season.

    But if things don’t go right tonight at the capitol tonight, I guess I’m not going to care anyway.

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