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Another kicker gets his cash

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Kickers are getting paid in the early days of free agency.  First it was Mason Crosby, who’s staying with the Packers.  Then, it was Olindo Mare, who’ll get $4 million in guaranteed money to move from Seattle to Charlotte.

Now, Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell has gotten in on the act.  Per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Longwell has agreed to terms to stay with the Vikings.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal is worth $12 million over $4 years, with $3.5 million guaranteed.

Not bad for a 14-year veteran who’ll turn 37 next month.

Longwell’s contract is virtually identical to Mare’s, with Mare getting an extra $500,000 guaranteed.

After signing with the Vikings following nine seasons with the Packers, Longwell will match that tenure in Minnesota if he plays out the full duration of the new deal.

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16 Responses to “Another kicker gets his cash”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 7:20 PM

    Who’s going to sign David Akers

  2. hobartbaker says: Jul 27, 2011 7:20 PM

    Brett Favre is practicing placekicking down on that high school field in Mississippi.

  3. dallasfan74 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:21 PM

    whats up with paying kickers $3 million a year?

  4. beastofeden says: Jul 27, 2011 7:21 PM

    Thats a lot of scratch for a player who is not clutch and love to shank ‘em

  5. nineroutsider says: Jul 27, 2011 7:22 PM

    Way too much cheddar…

  6. contra74 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:23 PM

    Good cash for a kicker!

  7. schemefactory says: Jul 27, 2011 7:29 PM

    his field goal percentage will go down in the open-air stadium in los angeles….

  8. halestorm74 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:32 PM

    Excellent! Ryan is solid. NOW GO RESIGN SID THE SQUID!!!!!!

  9. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 7:34 PM

    Great kicker, but I’ll never forget the extra point he missed in Chicago in ’09 that allowed the game to go into overtime, leading to Devin Aromashadu’s game-winning TD over a one-legged Antoine Winfield. That cost us home-field advantage in the NFC championship game.

  10. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    In a fantasy football draft we would say the run on kickers has begun.

  11. vikesfan4life218 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:39 PM

    I hope he scores some touchdowns for that kind of money…..

  12. thehighhat says: Jul 27, 2011 7:43 PM

    Every time I see a Vikings uni on PFT I get the fear that it’s another Brett Favre comeback story!

  13. mnfaninaz says: Jul 27, 2011 8:24 PM

    Longwell has been money and would have been in the Superdome had he been given the chance.

    Nice job Chilly and Favre.

    I hate both of you.

  14. anotherringingb says: Jul 27, 2011 8:52 PM

    just imagine how often he can go to Applebees now.

  15. keeponhating says: Jul 27, 2011 9:05 PM

    funny when the raiders locked up lechler and janikowski they were crazy for paying their kickers but when everybody else does it thats just fine

  16. wheresmyjuice says: Jul 27, 2011 9:49 PM

    Is there something in the new CBA rules that is dictating, what appears to be, an increased wage scale for kickers?

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