2008 Free Agents: Specialists

The Vikings have their kicker, punter and long snapper locked up for at least next year, making specialists in free agency rather uneventful for them. We list the restricted and unrestricted kickers, punters and long snappers scheduled to be available in March.

Ryan Longwell was one of the first free agents the Vikings signed in 2006, the first year with new head coach Brad Childress. The former Packers kicker signed a five-year, $10 million contract to leave Green Bay and travel west to Minnesota. Since then, he has put in two solid seasons and given the Vikings little reason to go searching for a replacement despite his 11 seasons in the NFL. His leg strength improved in 2007 thanks to a different workout routine, leaving him solidified as the starter for 2008.

Punter Chris Kluwe also had a strong 2007 season and inked an extension himself. In October, he received a six-year, $8.3 million extension, keeping the Vikings from having any need to consider another punter.

Finally, in 2006, long snapper Cullen Loeffler received an extension that puts him with the team through 2011. In all, the Vikings are set with their specialists (minus the return game) and should have no desire to spend money for upgrades among kickers, punters or long snappers.

With that, we still list the unrestricted and restricted specialists scheduled for free agency in March (with their years of service in parentheses).

UNRESTRICTED

Kickers

Aaron Elling, Cincinnati Bengals (4)
Jason Elam, Denver Broncos (15)
John Carney, Kansas City Chiefs (18)
Martin Gramatica, New Orleans Saints (8)
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (4)
Josh Brown, Seattle Seahawks (5)

Punters
Mitch Berger, Arizona Cardinals (12)
Kyle Larson, Cincinnati Bengals (4)
Matt Turk, Houston Texans (13)
Jeff Feagles, New York Giants (20)
Derrick Frost, Washington Redskins (4)

Long Snappers
Nathan Hodel, Arizona Cardinals (6)
Rob Davis, Green Bay Packers (12)
Lonie Paxton, New England Patriots (8)
Ryan Kuehl, New York Giants (10)

RESTRICTED

Kickers

Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans (3)

Punters
Michael Koenen, Atlanta Falcons (3)
Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs (3)

Long Snappers
Matt Katula, Baltimore Ravens (3)
L.P. Ladouceur, Dallas Cowboys (3)
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers (3)


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