Spielman: Longwell, at 37, was expendable

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 9, 2012 - 9:42 PM
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tradecuddyerMay. 10, 12 5:22 AM

Glad he's gone. He was expendable 10 years ago IMO.

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TabarnooshMay. 10, 12 8:04 AM

Someone a while back said if the Vikings are going with an all out youth movement why not trade and/or not resign Jared Allen and AP. Not that I want to see it happen it probably will next year, at least for Allen. If I'm not mistaken Allan will be up for a new contract next year. And by that time he might be too expensive for his age. Unless they try to get one more year and franchise tag him. AP is a big dollar RB who, if he has a good year coming off the ACL might be worth several draft picks. Like I said, I don't want to see this happen as they are so funt o watch. But the fact is the NFL is a business and the elite teams will replace players the second they show a slight decline. The Longwell deal is the blueprint for that.

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rho1953May. 10, 12 8:44 AM

Longwell was an amazingly consistent kicker. Not the strongest leg by far, but very reliable. His release is just an admission that the two or three games a year he might win for you aren't important this year.

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Jakein08May. 10, 12 9:43 AM

Longwells weak leg on kickoffs is too much of a liability, it was time to make this move. Having opponents start at the 20 yard line, instead of the 40, is a huge differance. This is a great time (rebuilding year) for a rookie kicker to gain experience. Longwell was good for the Vikings, it is time to move on with a strong leg kicker. Good move Spielman.

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siouxchampMay. 10, 1211:36 AM

Hopefully next year, Spielman will be expendable. Completely wasting a valuable 4th round pick, on a FB that wouldn't even be drafted? COM'ON MAN! Foolish move. The "but we needed a FB/TE to replace Jimmy" doesn't justify the move either. You could of taken him, after the draft was done, but instead waste a 4th round on him?

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dgfresh1May. 10, 1212:29 PM

The only drawback to this move is that Walsh is pitiful and lost it at sometime before his last year! I live in the Atlanta area and watched the news coverage of how bad this guy was all year. Why would you draft a kicker who was 21/35 in college?

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fgwippelMay. 10, 1212:56 PM

I hope Spielman remembers his comments when the regular season comes. Walsh is sure to miss some key kicks; just hope those misses don't cost the Vikings too many games. I'd hate to see another rookie-style meltdown at PK. I much prefered not having to worry about this position.

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bigmarMay. 10, 12 1:24 PM

Mark this as mistake number 1,457 in the history of the Vikings. Longwell is one of the most accurate kickers in the history of the game. He was the leading scorer on the Vikings every year he played for those losers. He was the Vikings BEST player and you let him walk for a an unproven? Smart move no wonder the Vikings havent won a Superbowl in 51 years and counting!

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bigmarMay. 10, 12 1:27 PM

Hey Spielman...the NFL and the fans are saying the same thing about the Vikings...expendable!

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MnVikesFan01May. 10, 12 2:55 PM

Here comes another Last place finish again (3 in a row), more rebuilding, more excuses from Spielaman. What did Spielamn do for Miami as their GM? Not trading down far enough was a huge mistake (Riley Reiff). Taking Ponder too high instead of Dalton in the second rd was a mistake. No MLB, no RG, a migraine away from no WR threat, two banged up RB's and an Oline and secondary that wouldn't make a SEC team worry? Great job dude, here's a raise.

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