Vikings sign kicker Blair Walsh to four-year, $14 million deal

The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Blair Walsh to a four-year, $14 million contract that includes $5.25 million guaranteed. He's now one of the five highest paid kickers in the league. "I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings moving forward," Walsh said in a statement. "I'd like to thank Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, Coach Zimmer, Coach Priefer and Rob Brzezinski for giving me this opportunity. I'm proud to be able to stay with the team that drafted me coming out of college and I look forward to what is in store for the future of this organization." Walsh is a former sixth-round draft pick from Georgia. "Blair has been a vital part of our special teams success since we drafted him and we felt it was very important to secure his future with our organization," general manager Rick Spielman said. "His consistency on kickoffs and on long range field goals can help change the game for our team and we're excited for his future here in Minnesota. This extension stays true to our philosophy of drafting young talent, developing them in our system and rewarding their success." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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