Vikings Sign Richardson

The Vikings filled one need with a veteran when they signed punter Kyle Richardson today.

The Vikings today came to terms with free agent punter Kyle Richardson, who played four seasons in Balitmore and one in Miami.

Richardson will be the starter at punter, but head coach Mike Tice wasn't completely convinced that Richardson could kick off as well. The Vikings were targeting kicker/punter Travis Dorsch with their compensatory pick in the fourth round, but Cincinnati drafted him with the 11th pick in that round. In 2001, Dorsch won the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's best college punter, and the Lou Groza, given to the top kicker.

The Vikings were also considering Dave Zastudil with that pick, but Baltimore drafted him with the 14th pick in the fourth round.

If Richardson can't kick off and the Vikings are unable to find a position player that can also long snap, that could be the end of Gary Anderson's days in Minnesota. The Vikings have a rookie free agent targeted who could play defensive line and long snap, and they are also hoping Cory Withrow might fit that bill. But right now the situation is uncertain.

Tice said he will talk to Anderson today about the situation and let Anderson decide if he wants to come in and compete in camp.

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