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The Minnesota Vikings cut veteran Ryan Longwell today, paving the way for 6th-round pick Blair Walsh to take over as the starting kicker.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise based on the fact that you don’t typically draft kickers without a plan to immediately make them the starter. But given Longwell’s track record and Walsh’s lack of one, it’s a questionable move.
Walsh immediately steps in as the starter
Entering his senior year, Walsh looked like an elite prospect and was potentially on track to become the first kicker selected within the first three rounds since Mike Nugent in 2005. But Walsh crumbled under pressure as a senior, connecting on just 21 of 35 field goal attempts.
Walsh stood out for his impressive accuracy and range, connecting on 17 of 20 kicks from beyond 40 yards in his sophomore and junior years. But in 2011, Walsh made just 7 of 17 kicks beyond 40. Walsh also missed four kicks from under 40 yards, twice as many as he had missed during the previous two yea...
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In Minnesota, the eyes of Vikings fans have been on the Minnesota Legislature as the MN House of Representatives debates the Stadium proposal in the hopes of finally having a vote before the end of the day on a new Vikings Stadium. But in the background of the stadium debate, the Vikings decided to cut ties with 38-year-old veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.
Longwell sent out a...
The Minnesota Vikings released veteran kicker Ryan Longwell today and already the cries have started from some in Steeler Nation suggesting that that the Pittsburgh Steelers should sign the 15 year veteran.
Longwell has spent the last six years in Minnesota and he has a career field goal percentage of 83.2. Last season he connected on just 78.6 percent of his attempts and that...
Longtime Vikings Kicker Ryan Longwell sent out a tweet Monday thanking "Viking Nation" after the Minnesota Vikings decided to realease him.
Longwell, 37, signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings last year but with a mediocre performance in 2011, 22-of-28 in field goals, the Vikings chose to release the kicker that spent six seasons with them and nine seasons...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have released 16-year veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.
The surprising move was made Monday, a little more than a week after the team drafted Georgia kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round. Shortly after Longwell said goodbye to Vikings fans on Twitter, the team announced the decision in a brief news release with a prepared statement from coach...
Welcome to Purple Jesus Diaries' 2012 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off where we cover all items related to the 2012 NFL Draft as pertains to the Minnesota Vikings. At this point in the year, we will continue reviewing this crop of draft picks. We've already looked at Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, and Josh Robinson, so today we introduce you to the Minnesota Vikings' first receiver...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Senate passed its version of a 975 million stadium bill for the Minnesota Vikings after an intense day-long debate as part of a decade-long movement to replace the outdated Metrodome.
Following the Senate's decision late Tuesday night, the bill will now head to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's roots are in the Midwest. He grew up in Ohio and played linebacker at Southern Illinois.
He's now on his third professional team from the NFC North after starting as a scout for the Detroit Lions and serving as director of player personnel for the Chicago Bears.
So it's not surprising he would hold...
A Minnesota Vikings executive says state lawmakers could sink a stadium deal by making it too hard on the club.
Team vice president Lester Bagley made the comments in an interview on 1500 ESPN on Tuesday as the Senate prepared to vote on a stadium financing proposal.
A day earlier, House members approved a stadium deal but added $105 million to the team's share.
The Minnesota House continued debating the specifics of a bill they will eventually vote to pass to the Senate for approval late Monday night, but only after considering a slew of amendments designed to stick the Vikings with a larger bill to construct a new downtown stadium. The marathon debate included passage of an amendment, by a vote of 97-31, to increase the price the Vikings...
The Vikings are asking fans to contact their state representatives and senators to let their voice be heard on the stadium issue. A rally at the Mall of America Saturday included Gov. Mark Dayton and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The Saints have signed defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, who was a member of New Orleans' 2009-10 Super Bowl squad.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel, who confirmed the signing Monday, says the deal is for one season.
The 29-year-old Ayodele played with Minnesota in 2011, starting 13 games.
The seven-year veteran played for New Orleans from 2008-2010.
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