Vikings finally line up a visit

Well, the Vikings haven’t completely shut it down when it comes to kicking the tires on potential free agents. 

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com was the first to notice that kicker Rhys Lloyd posted on his Twitter page that he’ll be visiting Minnesota on Monday (proving that, like us, Marvez desperately needs to get a life).

Lloyd will go to New York on Tuesday, but he didn’t say whether he’ll be visiting the Jets or the Giants.  (Nick Folk recently visited both teams, and the Jets signed him.)

Lloyd is a restricted free agent who was not tendered by the Panthers.  He can be signed by any team without compensation to Carolina.

Because Lloyd is a restricted free agent, signing him would not count toward the two unrestricted free agents the Vikings currently can sign given the departure of running back Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Artis Hicks.

The Vikings learned the value of having a kickoff specialist who can put the ball into the end zone on a consistent basis during the NFC title game, during which Thomas Morstead of the Saints routinely pinned Percy Harvin into taking touchbacks.  Given that the Vikings also have a not-so-stellar coverage unit, the best way to lay the foundation for victory in the field-position battle is to force the opponent to start from the 20 after a score or at the start of one of the two halves.

Or, most importantly, to commence overtime.

24 responses to “Vikings finally line up a visit

  1. So what we will have Ryan Longwell, Chris Kluwe, and Rhys Lloyd? Kickers are a waste of space already, why take up 3 roster spots with them unless they plan on dumping one. I would prefer to keep Ryan Longwell, hes pretty much automatic at 50, and throughout the season.

  2. If he can kick 62 yard field goals, he would be the answer to Childress’s propensity to send 12 men into the huddle. Problem solved…. Championship.

  3. Lloyd is the hometown hero having kicked at the university and all… clearly signing him would be a marketing ploy.(sarcasm)

  4. WOW!!!!! Now we are on our way to Dallas!!
    Maybe we can trade Brad Childress for some draft picks!!

  5. Deegwizzle –
    Most meaningless , stupid criticism of a blog entry in American History…..

  6. ESPN UPDATE**********”12 men in the huddle!!” Just another reason why the Vikings have proven to be one of the more stupider teams in NFL history. The stupid Viking fans fell for all the Brett Favre hype. They seemed to forget that Favre was one of the biggest post season chokers in the past decade.
    Think about it, The Vikings who have had the worst luck of any team in sports history actually thought that Favre was going to take them somewhere? With Favre the Vikings got exactly what was advertised!! Ba ha ha ha ha

  7. Why not get just one real kicker?
    It’s the viklings.
    Why would any NFL team waste a roster spot on a “kickoff specialist?”
    It’s the viklings.
    If other teams are interested in the “kickoff specialist” the viklings will either overpay or fail to compete.
    It’s the viklings.
    Why is this such a funny situation?
    It’s the viklings.

  8. JimmySmith says:
    March 8, 2010 8:25 AM
    If he can kick 62 yard field goals, he would be the answer to Childress’s propensity to send 12 men into the huddle. Problem solved…. Championship.
    ——
    well said jimmy

  9. Mountaindont says:
    March 8, 2010 8:41 AM
    ESPN UPDATE**********”12 men in the huddle!!” Just another reason why the Vikings have proven to be one of the more stupider teams in NFL history. The stupid Viking fans fell for all the Brett Favre hype. They seemed to forget that Favre was one of the biggest post season chokers in the past decade.
    Think about it, The Vikings who have had the worst luck of any team in sports history actually thought that Favre was going to take them somewhere? With Favre the Vikings got exactly what was advertised!! Ba ha ha ha ha
    Are you retarded?

  10. Mountain:
    More stupider? Are you serious?!
    You just rendered yourself useless to this site with that post.
    Go back to masturbating to your 8X10 of TT.
    Please, stop posting, you are only embarrasing yourself.

  11. Sure, Favre was responsible for the 6 to 8 fumbles during that game. :::smirk:::
    Back on the topic at hand…
    A kick-off specialist would really help. Longwell doen’t have the leg strength for kick-offs.

  12. “Given that the Vikings also have a not-so-stellar coverage unit,”
    While the Vikings still weren’t great on ST coverage, they were #3 overall on Special Teams last season (if you factor in their own returns). They were somewhere in the middle of the pack on coverage alone.

  13. Actually the upside is that he has an extremly hot wife who is a golfer, you cant have to many hot wives around…

  14. A kickoff specialist would be a fantastic move by the Vikes. New Orleans and Dallas used their specialists to neutralize Percy Harvin in the playoffs. It’s the wave of the future. Obviously, one very accurate kicker, who also has a huge leg, would be ideal. But those guys are rare, and we don’t have a guy like that right now.
    If we had a kickoff specialist against New Orleans last year, instead of using the roster spot on a guy like Jeff Dugan, we would’ve been in the Superbowl.
    Nice work by Chilly and crew. Hopefully we get Lloyd.

  15. Of course it would be ideal to get just one kicker that is as consistent as Longwell and can kickoff into the endzone 90% of the time, but I don’t know of any kicker that can live up to both those expectations. Therefore, you have to sign 2 different kickers. Prime examples are the Cowboys and the Saints. Both of those kick of specialist took Percy Harvin out of the equation. The Vikings didn’t need Harvin in the Cowboys game, but they really could have used him in the Saints game, but by having a kickoff specialist he didn’t even get a chance to return the ball. Special Teams is 1/3 of the game and field position may be the most important thing when you already have a defense as good as the Vikings. I think it is very smart to split up the duties and eventually every smart team will do so.

  16. .Vikings have had the worst luck of any Pro team in sports history
    ** 4 Superbowl losses
    ** 5 straight losses in NFC Championship games
    **Korey Stringer dies in training camp.
    **The love boat incident
    **Gary Anderson who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38-yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining in NFC championship game that most likely puts Vikes in Superbowl in 98.
    **in 2003 Arizona’s last second touchdown on 4th and 28 against Vikings eliminated Vikings from playoffs. The moment of Arizona’s touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn’t led their division. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6-0 start
    **The “Hail Mary” pass Drew Pearson caught against the Vikes in 75 NFC championship to give Dallas the win in the final minute.
    **Jim Marshalls wrong way run
    **The Herschel Walker trade in which Vikings gave Dallas three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, plus a 3rd and a 6th rounder in addition to 5 players. Walker lasts only 3 seasons in Minnesota
    .
    **Vikings despite being favored, lose 41-0 in NFC championship game in 2000.
    **Green Bays Antonio Freeman makes one of the all time great miracle catches in overtime to defeat Vikings in 2000
    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.
    I`m sure there are things I missed but this is why I believe the Vikings have had the worst luck in Professional sports history

  17. Jimmy and Bob, your parents called. They want you to quit spending 24 hours a day patrolling PFT for Vikings articles to comment on, get a job and move out of their basements, immediately.

  18. “Given that the Vikings also have a not-so-stellar coverage unit, the best way to lay the foundation for victory in the field-position battle is to force the opponent to start from the 20 after a score or at the start of one of the two halves.
    Or, most importantly, to commence overtime.”
    ————————
    …and that had nothing to do with cedric griffin tearing his acl while he had the direct line on the returner.

  19. Hey Mountaindont
    I don’t know if you could classify most of that as bad luck but for sure, the Love Boat and the Hershel Walker trade have nothing to do with luck, bad or good.
    Its sheer stupidity, much like the Viking fan base for believing they had a shot at winning a Superbowl last year, or this year for that matter.

  20. Mountaindon’t there is a lot of self inflicted occurrances. It isn’t just bad luck.
    The metrodome collapses under its first snowfall.
    The team arriving late for a game at the Silverdome.
    The Wizzinator
    Reggie Fowler signing a purchase agreement.
    Fran Foley’s resume.
    Artic Blast Fundraiser rapes 2/2/03
    Not getting their player selection card to the Draft podium on time in 2 consecutive years.
    The high number of arrests.
    Why just last December 2 vikings were going over 105 mph on the icy roads of Minnesota endangering the public while another viking was caught red handed taking steroids.
    Those are not bad luck. It is a sign of unprofessionalism and lack of discipline, just like having 12 in the huddle after a time out.
    It has nothing to do with luck.

  21. Rhys Lloyd? Are you f***ing crappin’ us?
    Sign him and we will hand you the Lombardi trophy immediately!
    Signed
    The 31 other NFL teams.

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