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Vikings signed K Greg Joseph. 

Waived by the Titans in September, Joseph spent most of the year on the Super Bowl champion Bucs' practice squad. It is conceivable he will challenge/replace Dan Bailey, who has been the bane of coach Mike Zimmer's existence since arriving in Minnesota. Bailey has converted under 80 percent of his field goal attempts since arriving in Minneapolis after he was near 90 in Dallas. 

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Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins have "expressed interest" in extending K Jason Sanders.

Sanders is entering the final season of his rookie contract after being selected in the seventh round of 2018. Last year, Sanders connected on 36-of-39 field goal attempts and made all 36 extra points. Those are career-best numbers. Spending up on kickers coming off career years is typically a bad move, particularly in a cap-condensed season. 

SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com

Feb 10, 2021, 6:40 PM ET

 

 

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Dolphins signed kicker Jason Sanders to a five-year contract extension worth $22 million. 

Fantasy football's No. 2 kicker in 2020 is cashing in on a profoundly efficient season in which he made 36 of 39 field goal attempts, banging through all 36 of his extra point tries. He established himself as one of the league's big-footed kickers by nailing eight of nine kickers over 50 yards. Sanders' extension includes a $10 million guarantee. His 2020 numbers stand in stark contrast to his 2019 stats, which include seven missed field goals on 30 attempts. Only the Cowboys and Falcons attempted more field goals than Miami in 2020, giving Sanders the opportunity necessary to become a waiver wire darling in fantasy. Sanders will probably be one of the most over-drafted kickers in fantasy football next season. 

SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter 

Feb 16, 2021, 11:55 AM ET

 

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STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI K, TENNESSEE TITANS

Asked about the kicker position on Tuesday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said "we have to make more kicks."

Fact check: true. Veteran Stephen Gostkowski was a complete disaster in 2020, converting just 69.2 percent of his field goal attempts. That's a number that would have gotten basically any other kicker cut. Now 37, Gostkowski is headed to free agency. Vrabel has said he "needs to talk" to Gostkowski, but we would assume the Titans will be going in a different direction. 

SOURCE: Jim Wyatt on Twitter 

Feb 18, 2021, 7:46 PM ET

 

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Saints restructured K Wil Lutz's contract.

Death, taxes, and the Saints maneuvering themselves under the cap. Lutz, who has three years remaining on his current deal, had a majority of his base salary converted into a signing bonus in order to save $1.74 million against the cap this year. New Orleans is still (unsurprisingly) well over the projected 2021 salary cap and have several more moves to make to reach that threshold.

SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Mar 4, 2021, 9:57 AM ET

 

 

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Cardinals released K Zane Gonzalez.

It's a procedural move since Gonzalez, whose contract expires in the new league year, finished the season on injured reserve. There's still a terrific chance the Cardinals bring him back in free agency. Gonzalez, 25, was surprisingly tendered at the second-round level just last year and is likely valued in Arizona significantly more than any other destination. He most recently sunk 16-of-22 field goal attempts across 12 appearances in 2020.

SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Mar 5, 2021, 1:51 PM ET

 

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Vikings released K Dan Bailey. 

This was telegraphed when the Vikings signed Greg Joseph a month ago. Bailey had a disastrous, shank-filled 2020 where he converted just 15-of-22 field goal attempts. That is not going to cut it in modern football. One of the best kickers in the league his first six years in Dallas, Bailey has been highly inconsistent since 2017. His big leg and experience will earn him plenty of free agent workouts, but his days of being a set-and-forget option, both in real life and fantasy, appear to be over. 

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SOURCE: Dianna Russini on Twitter 

Mar 9, 2021, 3:02 PM ET

 

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Falcons re-signed K Younghoe Koo to a one-year contract. 

Koo was an exclusive rights free agent, so this was the only game in town for him. After flopping with the Chargers in 2017, Koo has emerged as one of the league's best, most creative kickers over the past two seasons. He drains field goals at nearly a 90 percent rate, is awesome from beyond 50 yards, and actually converts the occasional onside kick. He will be a candidate for a multi-year pact soon. 

Mar 11, 2021, 3:45 PM ET

 

 

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Bears signed K Cairo Santos to a five-year, $16 million contract. 

As Over The Cap pointed out on Twitter, 29-year-old Santos has been cut five times since 2018. To say it's an aggressive move would be putting it mildly. The Bears were simply overjoyed by Santos' competent 2020 after years in the kicker wilderness. Santos converted 93.8 percent of his 2020 field goal tries, boosting his career mark to 83.1. Santos is not called on very often from 50-plus yards, making him an extra unlikely recipient of this kind of contract. There's a chance this deal could quickly become an albatross. 

SOURCE: Brad Biggs on Twitter 

Mar 11, 2021, 7:40 PM ET

Edit: Tagging @flapgreenon this news for his thoughts on this contract.

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Edit: Tagging @flapgreenon this news for his thoughts on this contract.

I'm good with it. He earned it. The Bears have struggled at Kicker since Gould left.  Even cost them at least one playoff win. Teams don't realize how valuable a reliable Kicker is until they don't have one.  If Gould had missed that kick in 07 against the Seahawks, the Bears might have never made it to the Super Bowl that year. 

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Washington re-signed Dustin Hopkins.

Hopkins was set for free agency after playing out a three-year, $6.88 million deal signed in 2018. He'll be brought back despite a down year where he converted 13-of-17 field goals and 30-of-32 extra points. Hopkins has been an 84 percent kicker in six seasons for Washington.

SOURCE: NBC Sports Washington

Mar 14, 2021, 10:33 AM ET

 

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Raiders extended an original-round tender to restricted free agent K Daniel Carlson. 

The Raiders will have right to first refusal, but other teams can now bid for Carlson's services a year after he set the Raiders franchise record with 144 points. The Mike Zimmer castoff was a stunningly consistent waiver wire pickup in 2020 fantasy leagues, finishing the year as the game's third highest scoring kicker with a hefty 2.2 field goal attempts per game -- the sixth highest mark in the NFL.

SOURCE: Jerry McDonald on Twitter 

Mar 15, 2021, 12:51 PM ET

 

 

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Chargers re-signed K Mike Badgley to a one-year contract. 

Although he survived all 16 games, Badgley was far from great last season, converting just 24-of-33 field goal attempts. He was 8-of-13 between 40 and 49 yards. That's hard to do when you play half your games in a dome. The Chargers also have Tristan Vizcaino on the roster. Badgley could eventually face competition from another veteran. 

SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter 

Mar 16, 2021, 1:13 PM ET

 

 

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Cardinals signed K Matt Prater, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract.

This will be Prater's 37-year-old season. He's a career 83.2% kicker on field goals but is coming off a down 2020 with Detroit, making just 21-of-28 (75%) kicks. Prater has always kicked in favorable environments, going from Mile High to domed Ford Field and now the dome in Arizona. In the Cardinals' offense, Prater should remain very fantasy-relevant.

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Mar 17, 2021, 7:09 PM ET

 

 

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Bucs re-signed K Ryan Succop to a three-year, $12 million contract.

After an injury-ruined 2019 in Tennessee, Succop landed in Tampa Bay and went on to have a career year, drilling a career-best 90.3% of his field goals and 52-of-57 extra points. Succop will turn 35 later this year and will kick for one of the league's best offenses.

SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Mar 17, 2021, 7:42 PM ET

 

 

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Lions signed K Randy Bullock, formerly of the Bengals. 

A former journeyman, Bullock settled in as the Bengals' starter over the past four seasons. Headed into his age-32 campaign, Bullock's field goal conversion percentage dipped to 80.8 last season, but he was better his first three years in Cincinnati. That number should come back up as he leaves the rugged AFC North for domed Detroit. Bullock doesn't have a huge leg by 2021 standards, but he nails a few 50-plus yarders every season. His fantasy viability will be close to nonexistent in Detroit's rebuilding offense. 

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SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter 

Mar 18, 2021, 7:26 PM ET

 

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Patriots re-signed K Nick Folk to a one-year, $1.225 million contract. 

The $1.225 million is guaranteed. More is available through incentives. Folk was great as a 16-game starter last season, converting 92.9 percent of his 28 field goal tries. He was 2-of-3 beyond 50 yards, missing only one kick inside the 50. Going on 37, Folk could still end up facing competition from a younger player, but he should be out there for Week 1. 

SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter 

Mar 18, 2021, 5:10 PM ET

 

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Browns re-signed K Cody Parkey to a one-year contract. 

Parkey gets another year with the Browns after making 19 of his 22 field goal tries and 43 of 47 extra point attempts in 2020. He was hardly usable in fantasy leagues, finishing the season as the 23rd highest scoring kicker. Cleveland had the fourth fewest field goal tries in 2020. Unless that changes, Parkey will remain waiver wire fodder in 2021. 

SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter 

Mar 19, 2021, 10:12 AM ET

 

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Patriots re-signed K Nick Folk to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. 

Folk in 2020 scored the 18th most fantasy points among kickers despite the Patriots attempting the eighth most field goals. The veteran has made 40 of his 45 field goal tries in two seasons with the Pats. The curiously tattooed kicker Justin Rohrwasser remains on the New England roster. 

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SOURCE: Mike Reiss on Twitter 

Mar 19, 2021, 11:17 AM ET

 

 

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Patriots waived K Justin Rohrwasser. 

The 2020 fifth-rounder spent his rookie year on the practice squad before getting promoted with a futures deal in January. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason should officially end his time with the Patriots. 

Mar 23, 2021, 4:57 PM ET

 

 

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Kicker job security rankings (my estimates):

Justin Tucker    BAL
Harrison Butker    KC
Jason Sanders    MIA
Brandon McManus    DEN
Ka'imi Fairbairn    HOU
Ryan Succop    TB
Younghoe Koo    ATL
Wil Lutz    NO
Graham Gano    NYG
Robbie Gould    SF
Cairo Santos    CHI
Matt Prater    ARI
Rodrigo Blankenship    IND
Daniel Carlson    LV
Chris Boswell    PIT
Dustin Hopkins    WAS
Mason Crosby    GB
Jason Myers    SEA
Nick Folk    NE
Jake Elliott    PHI
Tyler Bass    BUF
Randy Bullock    DET
Greg Zuerlein    DAL
Cody Parkey    CLE
Josh Lambo    JAC
Joey Slye    CAR
Austin Seibert    CIN
Matt Gay    LAR
Michael Badgley    LAC
Sam Ficken    NYJ
Greg Joseph    MIN
???    TEN

Looks like more stability than usual. I expect most of the turnover will be with the bottom 7 (TEN, MIN, NYJ, LAC, LAR, CIN).

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Raiders re-signed K Daniel Carlson to a one-year, $3.384 million contract. 

This is Carlson officially signing his second round restricted free agent tender. Carlson converted 94.3 percent of his 2020 field goal attempts after he was a far worse 73.1 percent in 2019. Carlson was 4-of-4 beyond 50 yards last season. Coach Jon Gruden evidently believes the 26-year-old is his "kicker of the future." 

SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter 

Apr 29, 2021, 4:48 PM ET

 

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Bengals selected Florida K Evan McPherson with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

McPherson is the first kicker off the board, early in the fifth round. A former blue-chip kicking recruit from the 2018 prep class, McPherson (5’11/185) set state records with a 60-yard field goal and 84-yard punt in high school. As a freshman he produced immediately, converting 90 percent of his kicks with a long of 48 yards. He remained remarkably consistent in 2019, making the same amount of kicks (17-of-19) as he did the year prior while 51 of his 80 kickoffs ended up in the end zone. In 2020, his conversion rate dipped to 77.3 percent, but he did make four attempts of 50 or more yards while his kickoff touchback rate dropped to 50 percent. Though his production wasn’t up to his usual standards in 2020, McPherson’s talent is evident in his career 85 percent conversion rate. McPherson should be viewed as the favorite to win the Bengals' kicker gig over Austin Seibert.

May 1, 2021, 2:06 PM ET

 

 

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Vikings signed Memphis K Riley Patterson.

Patterson (5’10/181) was a three-star prospect that was rated as the 16th best kicker from the 2017 prep class. The Edwardsville, IL native struggled a bit as a freshman, converting 69 percent of his field goals while registering only two touchbacks on 24 kickoffs. However, Patterson showed consistent year-over-year improvement throughout his career, boosting his conversion rate to 75 percent in 2018 and 92 percent in 2019. In addition to his on-point accuracy, Patterson converted five-of-six attempts of 50 or more yards two seasons ago. His production slipped a bit in 2020, making 15-of-22 attempts, but five of those misses came from beyond the 50-yard threshold, so that should be accounted for. Though he doesn’t possess the most imposing leg in the class, his touchback rate was decent, as 38-of-63 kickoffs were not returned. He will need to iron out his conversion rate if he is going to stick around at the NFL level. The Vikings only have one other kicker rostered, third-year boot Greg Joseph, who has just 20 career field goal attempts. Expect a true kicking completion to take place between Joseph and Patterson if the Vikings don't bring in anyone else.

SOURCE: Darren Wolfson on Twitter

May 1, 2021, 7:38 PM ET

 

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Drafted kickers:
CIN 149 Evan McPherson, Florida

UDFA kickers:
LAC Alex Kessman, Pittsburgh
MIN Riley Patterson, Memphis
TB Jose Borregales, Miami
TEN Blake Haubeil, Ohio State

4 teams that could be looking for a new kicker, plus a Tampa team that just re-signed Ryan Succop to a big contract with $6M guaranteed.

In the other direction, it's interesting that the Jets, Rams, and Panthers haven't signed a kicker.

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Buccaneers signed Miami K Jose Borregales.

Borregales (5’10/206) originally enrolled at Florida International and showed out well, making 83 percent of his field goals and all of his extra points as a freshman. He extended his range in 2018 with a long field goal of 53-yards while going 14-of-18 and being named a Lou Groza Award finalist. He boomed three kicks of over 50-yards as a junior while improving his kickoff numbers by recording 33 touchbacks on 56 opportunities. The Miami native then transferred to his hometown university where he won the Groza Award and received first-team AP All-American accolades. He continued to show improvement on kickoffs (51 touchbacks on 72 kicks) while converting 91 percent of his field goal chances. Unfortunately, the “Aurora” Borregales is unlikely to make the Bucs' final roster as Ryan Succop signed a three-year extension with the team in March.

SOURCE: Greg Auman on Twitter

May 2, 2021, 7:01 PM ET

 

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On 5/1/2021 at 2:37 PM, Faust said:

 

Maybe we won't be dumb enough to cut him after one missed kick like the last guy we drafted in round 5...

-QG

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Borregalas decision is the strangest given they have a kicker with an extension.  Any chance they keep him just for kickoffs as some teams do?  Seems like an awful spot for him other than being close to home.

-QG

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On 5/2/2021 at 8:03 PM, ZWK said:

Drafted kickers:
CIN 149 Evan McPherson, Florida

UDFA kickers:
LAC Alex Kessman, Pittsburgh
MIN Riley Patterson, Memphis
TB Jose Borregales, Miami
TEN Blake Haubeil, Ohio State

4 teams that could be looking for a new kicker, plus a Tampa team that just re-signed Ryan Succop to a big contract with $6M guaranteed.

In the other direction, it's interesting that the Jets, Rams, and Panthers haven't signed a kicker.

The Jets signed UDFA Chris Naggar from SMU. So it's between him, Caleb McLaughlin and Sam Ficken. Scary.

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Borregalas decision is the strangest given they have a kicker with an extension.  Any chance they keep him just for kickoffs as some teams do?  Seems like an awful spot for him other than being close to home.

-QG

Maybe a trade for a late round pick to a playoff team if he does well in the preseason. The guy was money for the U in 2020. And he has a big leg.

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The Colts worked out K Eddy Pineiro. 

It's a curious move after K Rodrigo Blankenship made 32 of his 37 field goal attempts and 43 of his 45 extra point tries in 2020. Only four kickers made more field goals than Blankenship during his rookie campaign, in which he scored the sixth most fantasy points among kickers. Colts general manager Chris Ballard is apparently deadly serious about bringing in competition at ever position this spring and summer. Pineiro made 82.1 percent of his field goal tries in 2019 for Chicago. 

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SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter 

May 4, 2021, 11:43 AM ET

 

 

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh said rookie K Chris Naggar will compete with veteran K Sam Ficken for the team's starting job. 

The team's kicker competition will be between the incumbent Ficken and the newcomer Naggar after New York released K Chase McLaughlin on Friday. The Jets signed Naggar as an undrafted free agent. At SMU in 2020, Naggar made 17 of 21 field goals and 43 of 46 extra points, earning the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the year award. The shaky Ficken over the past two seasons with the Jets has made 32 of his 42 field goal tries while missing six extra points. The rejuvenated Jets offense could hold sneaky fantasy upside for whoever gets the Week 1 starting gig. Naggar should be considered the favorite. 

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SOURCE: Connor Hughes on Twitter 

May 7, 2021, 11:48 AM ET

 

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Browns claimed K Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the Jets.

Cleveland will become McLaughlin's eighth team in only three seasons. The Jets claimed him off waivers last year but didn’t activate him until the season finale in place of Sergio Castillo and Sam Ficken. 

SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter

May 10, 2021, 4:30 PM ET

 

 

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Colts signed K Eddy Pineiro to a one-year contract. 

The ex-Bears starter Pineiro will provide an experienced offseason leg. Rodrigo Blankenship was one of the best kickers in football last year and should be near impossible to dislodge at the top of the depth chart. 

SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter 

May 13, 2021, 4:55 PM ET

 

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Adam Vinatieri is retiring after 25 years in the NFL. 

He made the announcement on former teammate Pat McAfee's show. The decision was sadly made for Vinatieri, who did not want to hang up his cleats following a rough 2019. No one came calling in 2020, however, so the greatest kicker in league history is calling it a day. The kicker of Super Bowl winners and a franchise icon for two different organizations, Vinatieri is a lock to become the fifth kicker enshrined in Canton, joining Morten Andersen, George Blanda, Lou Groza and Jan Stenerud. Only Andersen and Stenerud were pure kickers. 

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SOURCE: SportsCenter on Twitter 

May 26, 2021, 3:41 PM ET

 

 

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32 minutes ago, BobbyLayne said:

should Lions fans be excited about fat Randy 4 lyfe?

Bullock is a really good person - recent years have really been plagued with missed kicks in clutch moments*

 

*-except for when he saved his job by making EVERY. SINGLE. KICK. in preseason and that led to Marvin putting Jake Elliot - WHO WE DRAFTED - onto the practice squad only to have Philly sign him and win a Super Bowl with them.  (not mad....why do you ask?.... :kicksrock:)

 

Anyway - the other thing with Bullock was that Marvin never ever ever looked to him for 50+ yards.  Ever.  Didn't even try.  Maybe a different coach does differently and maybe playing indoors on turf instead of outdoors on grass makes a big difference.

Does he now proceed to beat my bengals with a 64-yarder?.....

-QG

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