Longwell intends to return to Vikings

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Five years after Ryan Longwell left the Packers for the rival Vikings, the 36-year-old kicker is still going strong.

He missed only three field goals last year and should have no problem getting a job after the lockout as a free agent.  Longwell plans to be back in Minnesota.

“Our full intention to go back to Minnesota and put together another good stretch of years up there,” Longwell told FoxSportsNorth.com. “It does seem like a really good fit. I am a firm believer in the way Coach Frazier approaches coaching and life and approaches people.”

The Vikings have a lot of difficult decisions to make after the lockout ends.  Bringing back Longwell should be simple enough.

25 responses to “Longwell intends to return to Vikings

  1. no one has ever doubted his accuracy, but at least with the new rule changes, he’ll be able to get his kick-off’s inside the 10 yard line for the 1st time in 7 years.

  2. “Just one more former Packer whose fondest desire has always been to play for the Vikings.”

    Like any line of work, for some people it’s just a job, and if you’re a kicker and winning championships isn’t important to you, then why not play in a place where you’re not going to have to kick in cold weather…Southern California.

  3. Ryan Longwell… I always thought that with a name like that he was destined to be a kicker, unlike his distant cousin Ronald Shortshank.

  4. Longwell has been a solid kicker, I’d like to see the Vikings resign him as I feel comfortable he could continue to perform for at least a few more years.

  5. Hate him. Last year the Vikings wouldn’t even attempt a field goal unless they were inside the 30 yd line. Also his pathetic attempt at a kickoff in the NFC title game in 09 that gave the Saints the ball at the 45 in OT. I want him & Gary Anderson to both be exiled to Siberia.

  6. Bringing back Longwell in 2011 is key to the Viking’s plan to salvage a 4 or 5 win season ….. Resign Longwell ….. Say goodbye to Edwards & Rice ….. The decline & fall is complete ……. The ‘new’ Lions …..

  7. His last second field goal in the 2010 NFC Championship Game was a thing of beauty!

    Oh wait…

  8. thephantomstranger says:

    Jul 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    Just one more former Packer whose fondest desire has always been to play for the Vikings….

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    …. and never to win a a Super Bowl

  9. lbpackfan says:
    Jul 1, 2011 1:16 PM
    His last second field goal in the 2010 NFC Championship Game was a thing of beauty!

    Oh wait…

    =========

    IT WASN’T DETROIT MAN, IT WAS FOR THE SUPERBOWL!

  10. Only problem to this plan is that the Vikings will rarely get inside the opponents 15, thus out of Longwell’s range. Also, with the DB’s on the Viking’s roster it’ll take more than the occasional 3 points to keep up.

  11. This comes as no surprise. Minnesota is full of former Wisconsin residents because it’s a much better place to live. If you don’t believe me, just count how many hick Packer fans beginf their comments with “I live in Minnesota/Twin Cities…” Of course I can’t blame them, Wisconsin is a crappy place to live, unless you’re overweight and drink paint thinner on Sundays before noon.

  12. One of the Metrodome ventilation system controllers admitted to manipulating the air currents inside the structure during a World Series contest, thereby enabling a game-winning Twins’ homer to barely clear the fence.

    It makes me wonder whether Gary Anderson’s infamous miss versus the Falcons was similarly affected by a Metrodome employee fiddling with the controls. (After all, Dan Reeves caught the dome’s staff pumping in extra noise through a speaker behind the Atlanta bench.)

    As an ex-placekicker, I can recall watching Packer Ryan Longwell’s kickoffs dying at the 15-yard line while Paul Edinger’s 56-yard field goal in the same direction at the gun was clearly riding atop a convenient jet stream and would have cleared the crossbar from another 10 yards out.

    I’d like to see the NFL’s Competition Committee require the Metrodome goalposts to have wind direction streamers atop them, if only to put such accusations to rest.

  13. “Of course I can’t blame them, Wisconsin is a crappy place to live, unless you’re overweight and drink paint thinner on Sundays before noon.”

    Eh? To this West Coaster, both Wisonsin and Minnesota are equally miserable.

    PS, best of luck to Ryan Longwell. The 49ers were stupid to cut him.

  14. dempsey63 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 4:25 PM

    As an ex-placekicker, I can recall watching
    I’d like to see the NFL’s Competition Committee require the Metrodome goalposts to have wind direction streamers atop them, if only to put such accusations to rest.

    I’m sure the streamers to measure wind would have whipping a little harder after the roof collapse

  15. darthvincent says:
    Jul 1, 2011 11:35 AM
    no one has ever doubted his accuracy, but at least with the new rule changes, he’ll be able to get his kick-off’s inside the 10 yard line for the 1st time in 7 years
    It’s been his whole career As for his accuracy his last couple years he was out kicked in Lambeau by opposing ones,
    I wonder if in his new contract he’ll get immunity from going and getting Brent

  16. thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 1, 2011 11:17 AM
    Just one more former Packer whose fondest desire has always been to play for the Vikings.
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    You do realieze thats it if he was still in GB he wouldn’t be able to make a 50 FG especially later in the season. Its about extending his career.

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