Vikings Interested in LaDainian Tomlinson, Sign Kicker Rhys Lloyd

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 9, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL game on November 29, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Vikings have made a move that could actually impact their special teams in a big way. Minnesota signed former Carolina Panthers kicker, Rhys Lloyd.

Ryan Longwell had one of the worst seasons of his career as far as kicking for touchbacks goes. Nonetheless, he can still knock down field goals at ease.

The signing of Lloyd will allow the Vikings the chance to not get burned on kick returns.

Minnesota has been accustomed to giving up touchdowns on special teams for years now. This could come to an end in 2010.

Rhys Lloyd is an undrafted, fourth-year player that played for the Minnesota Gophers in college.

He's had two stints with the Ravens, one with the Packers, one year internationally, and spent three seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

In all honesty, I am very excited about this signing. Minnesota is excellent at signing small-name players that can turn into starters (Visanthe Shiancoe, Chester Taylor, and Ben Leber).

Carrying two kickers on a roster is not usually a common trend in the NFL. But Minnesota will be willing to take the chance, like the Panthers did with John Kasay and Lloyd.

In other news, Minnesota has been rumored to be very interested in future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Tomlinson was released by the Chargers recently, and he has yet to sign with a team.

The Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs have expressed interest in the 30-year-old running back.

Tomlinson is not a player that is looking for money, but rather a player that wants to win a Super Bowl ring.

With all due respect, Cleveland and Kansas City have the same chance of winning the Super Bowl as the Nets do of being a playoff team. None.

I am all for going out to sign a player like LaDainian. If the money and years are right, Minnesota will have a talented backup running back to Adrian Peterson.

With Chester Taylor signing with the Bears, the Vikings will have to find a suitable replacement through free-agency or the draft.

Joe McKnight and Dexter McCluster are two running backs that can both run and catch the ball very well in this years draft.

If I had to guess, I would say that the Vikings give Tomlinson a two-year deal for around $3-4 million per year.

As the days go on, more news will be leaked out to fans across the nation. Hopefully by that time, we can know whether or not LaDainian Tomlinson is just a fantasy or reality.