Vikings sign Rhys Lloyd

Well, the Minnesota Vikings finally have made some noise in free agency.

Kicker Rhys Lloyd has announced on his Twitter page that he’s a Viking.  Lloyd will be a kickoff specialist in Minnesota, assuming that coach Brad Childress decides to devote roster spots to two kickers.

Lloyd is a restricted free agent who was not tendered by the Panthers.  The Vikings were able to sign him without regard to the “Final Eight Plan,” which applies only to unrestricted free agents.

As the Vikings learned in the NFC title game, having a kicker who can put the ball into the end zone can make a huge difference.  Minnesota kick returner Percy Harvin consistently was forced into taking a touchback — and the Vikings’ inability to do so to start overtime made it easier for the Saints to get in position for the game-winning field goal.

40 responses to “Vikings sign Rhys Lloyd

  1. Well despite the fact we now have two kickers, this was a good signing. Longwell definately has the fieldgoals down pat, and the PATs. but like mention, he cant drill the kickoffs into the endzone.

  2. Well he played for the Gophers so at least he’s familiar with the futility that is football in the state of Minnesota.

  3. Wow! What a splash. Our DT situation looks great. Our CB situation looks even better. And our Safety position looks the best (sarcasm). Could use some offensive line help and RB help as well.

  4. zzzzZZZzzz GREAT JOB. You now keep the ball out of the likes of the dangerous Jordy Nelson.

  5. It would be nice to have a guy thats boots it into the endzone for a touchback every time

  6. “… having a kicker who can put the ball into the end zone can make a huge difference. …”
    Be nice if Green Bay learned that lesson –

  7. We are interested in proven players, not addressing voids with nobodies in an attempt to fill voids.

  8. “Hey Brett, see how hard we’re working to improve the team? We just signed a kicker! But not just any kicker, no sir, we signed us a kickoff specialist! Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? So, uh, you coming back next year or what?”

  9. Kickoff specialists should always be considered. Sometimes guys that have the strongest leg are not able to put the ball through the uprights in pressure situations. Their value is in negating kick returns by the opposition. What that means is less exclusive coverage specialists that can kind of play a position and more positional talent. Makes perfect sense to me. I’ve wondered why teams don’t employ this technique alot more.

  10. @chc36 I second that. I just checked him out in madden 97 on Kickoffs 97 kick power. This was a real need area for the Vikings all year and it showed in the NFC championship game when two big returns, one to start the third quarter, and another in overtime really hurt the team. Any rube watching the games on t.v. could see that Ryan Longwell just doesn’t have the leg to get the ball into the end zone. Good pick up by the Vikes. Now lets go get a cornerback!

  11. # mnmaverick says: March 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    We are interested in proven players, not addressing voids with nobodies in an attempt to fill voids.
    ——————————————————–
    And no one is more proven than the perennial pro bowler Rhys Lloyd

  12. Not a glamorous move, but one that will help the team win at least one extra game in 2011. For the naysayers, how much would it have been worth to have a touchback on the OT kickoff in the Saints game?

  13. You’d have really put the screws to those Saints if you had this guy a couple months ago.
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  14. Rhys LLoyd if signed for the minimum costs $635,000. $37,350 a game for a kick off specialist. If he kicks 5 times a game that is 80 kicks a season at almost $8000 a kickoff!!
    If you start with 45 gameday players and reduce it by:
    A long snapper
    A punter
    A place kicker
    A “kick off” specialist
    That’s 41 real players left.
    A return specialist would put it at 40.
    Just another reason to laugh at the viklings.

  15. vikes_favre, ever heard of building through draft?
    Screw signing a bunch of big name FAs. You don’t just add players because you can. That’s how you end up with Madieu Williams

  16. He could also just be a camp leg to keep longwell fresh in the state he went to college in

  17. Y’all need a QB of the future. Don’t get too excited over this.
    Frankly, y’all should be makin some kind of moves to trade up or somethin for top QB picks. and OL

  18. Tetrahydrocannibinol says:
    March 8, 2010 10:26 PM
    Well he played for the Gophers so at least he’s familiar with the futility that is football in the state of Minnesota.
    =========================
    However, if one uses the same line of thinking displayed so often on this site by the fans of teams with championships in their distant past, you would be dead wrong. You see the Gophers have won seven national championships in football. In fact, they are one of only four schools to win back-to-back AP football titles twice!

  19. A year too late, surely had he been on the roster, Brent Favre wouldn’t have felt pressured to get those extra yards that lead to the untimely INT that lead to OT that lead to yet another choke job in a long list of choke jobs.
    Brent could have just held on the ball for an extra two or three yards, sent out Mr. Lloyd to drill a 60 yarder and on to the Superbowl which the Vikings surely would have won. Hey, living in the fantasy world is all the Viking fans have for right now as they count down the days in the “Will he or won’t he retire” charade.

  20. Kickoffs is one of the reasons Shortwell was not resigned in GB. Kickoffs kept getting shorter. Add this to his salary. Not good.

  21. With a dedicated roster spot used up on another kicker, it seems unlikely that both T-Jax and Rosenfels will be on the teams next year (assuming Favre comes back – which probably should not be assumed at this time. But anyway…). The Vikes will likely draft a QB and there is no way they will carry 4 QBs on the roster AND a second kicker. There is also no way they will try to let their drafted QB slide thru to the taxi squad (see Tyler Thigpen).
    So someone will be traded. My guess is that T-Jax will be traded eventually.

  22. GBPackers says:
    March 8, 2010 10:32 PM
    zzzzZZZzzz GREAT JOB. You now keep the ball out of the likes of the dangerous Jordy Nelson.
    ===============================Unfortunately for you, I’m sure the Vikings don’t make all their offseason moves geared to beating the Packers…..it’s just you tools of fans of that team that are obsessed with the Vikes. STFU already!
    ==================================
    ——–Bob Nelson says:
    March 9, 2010 1:17 AM
    Rhys LLoyd if signed for the minimum costs $635,000. $37,350 a game for a kick off specialist. If he kicks 5 times a game that is 80 kicks a season at almost $8000 a kickoff!!
    If you start with 45 gameday players and reduce it by:
    A long snapper
    A punter
    A place kicker
    A “kick off” specialist
    That’s 41 real players left.
    A return specialist would put it at 40.
    Just another reason to laugh at the viklings.
    —————————————–
    Yeah because the Packers didn’t carry 3 fullbacks last year.

  23. We don’t need any more reasons to laugh at Bob Nelson. Every post is howler.
    Longwell is 35 years old and his accuracy, not his leg strength, has been his edge. This is a move for the future. Kickers seem to come and go, especially on some teams, but the really good ones are keepers. If Lloyd works out, this season could be Longwell’s last with the Vikings. He just signed a one-year contract.

  24. Blah blah….
    Good gosh man…..My fellow viking fans…are you mad? Have you completely lost yo mind! This is not a bad thing….Do you really want to go out and spend a bunch of useless do, on some washed up FA…..no, we have a killer team, we will add a couple studs in the Draft, and there is more and more sense to make bigger moves in FA next season……relax, we are in a good position!

  25. Vikings are a pathetic franchise. They are only 6th among active franchises in winning percentage all time and barely 2nd if you only look at the last 12 seasons. Their loser fans only managed 3rd in the nation in average local ratings. And that dump stadium they can’t fill. Don’t even get me started. They only managed 99.5% average attendance last season which barely puts them in the top 5.
    That team is so pathetic I can’t even stand it. How do their loser fans even continue to fill that stadium and watch the games on TV at an elite NFL rate? My Packer team is so much better right now. Ever since Brett left Lambeau I have posted about 20x as much smack in their boards because obviously we have so much more to be cocky about since then, as evidenced by our increased smack postage. Those stupid fair weather Vikings fans don’t even post much smack when their team isn’t dominating. What losers. We post EXTRA smack when our team is getting slammed because that is how real fans compensate when their dreams are crushed.
    In fact, their team is so pathetic that going 12-4, beating my team twice, crushing the Cowboys 34-3, and then losing in OT as under dogs on the road to the Saints was TOTAL CHOKEAGE in my books. I don’t feel like they over achieved one bit. I think they are such a pathetic franchise that the only way they could meet my expectations would be to win the bowl every year.
    Take a long look in the mirror Packer fans. Do you really like what you see?

  26. He led the NFL in touchbacks in 2008 with 31. This was a great pickup. Ryan longwell had 5 touchbacks last year, Lloyd had 21. This will drastically improve our kickoff team.

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