Kicker contracts must come in threes

Apparently kicker signings must come in threes.

Because after Mason Crosby and Olindo Mare got new contracts today, Ryan Longwell has rounded out the bunch with an attractive new deal from the Minnesota Vikings.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the 36-year-old Longwell is back in the fold after he agreed to a $12 million, four-year contract. The deal includes $3.5 million in guaranteed money.

Longwell has been a terrific addition for the Vikings since arriving in 2006. He’s missed just four field goals over the last two seasons and with the new kickoff rules he will not be a liability. In the past, the Vikings had tinkered with a kickoff specialist.

Now that the Vikings have a deal for one of their own, they can continue to focus on Sidney Rice, the wide receiver they badly want to retain.

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