Tice Shows Potential Change of Heart

Mike Tice has a rule about kickers -- one he's apparently willing to break.

Mike Tice doesn't like talking about kickers. He got Gary Anderson to come out of retirement because of his angst over younger, less accurate kickers. Tuesday he came full circle -- signing the guy who made the field goal that ended the Vikings' 1998 season.

Fed up with Aaron Elling and not being 100 percent sold on oft-injured Brett Conway, the Vikings announced the signing of Morten Andersen, who was released last weekend by the Chiefs.

The current plan is to have Andersen handle both kickoff and field goal duties until after the Vikings bye week. After that, the team may go with a kickoff specialist, something Tice had said before he would not do. Practice squad punter Travis Dorsch may get the call to handle those duties.

* The Vikings media relations people loved the signing of Andersen. Typically, signings and releases of players are noted on team letterhead with little to no explanation. The Andersen signing included much more -- referencing Andersen as a legend and pointing out that he started kicking in the NFL before players like Kenechi Udeze were even born.
* The Vikings signed Deandre Eiland to the practice squad Tuesday after he cleared waivers.

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