Edinger Joins Vikings

The Vikings' aggressive offseason continued Tuesday with the signing of placekicker Paul Edinger.

The Vikings pursued Paul Edinger when he became a restricted free agent in 2003 in Chicago, but after signing an offer sheet with the Vikings, the Bears matched the offer and retained his rights. Two years later, the Vikings got their man back in the fold, two days after the Bears released him.

Edinger was the most accurate field goal kicker in Bears history, connecting on 75.3 percent (110 of 146) of his attempts, but he struggled last year, making only 15 of 24. When the Bears signed former Viking and Jet Doug Brien, Edinger's status in Chicago was put in jeopardy.

Now that the Vikings have him on a one-year contract reportedly loaded with incentives, he will be embroiled in a training camp battle with Aaron Elling, who has a stronger leg for kickoffs but struggled with his field goal consistency last year in training camp.

Edinger has never missed a game or an extra point in his career.


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