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.