Buffalo’s first priority in free agency this year is apparently special teams.
A week after locking up free agent long snapper Garrison Sanborn, the Bills have reportedly come to terms with longtime kicker Rian Lindell, who was scheduled for free agency (see Buffalo’s complete list of free agents here). Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News reports that the deal is worth $3 million annually, but the length of the deal is unknown.
This news probably comes as welcome relief to fans that watched replacement kickers Dave Rayner and Brandon Coutu miss field goals while Lindell missed the second half of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. Lindell is starting to near the end of his career at age 35, but there’s no reason to think he can’t continue his steady level of production. He was 13-for-15 on field goals in 2011 and has made 80.9% of his three-point tries in 11 years of NFL kicking.
The Bills have a long list of free agents to sort through still, but it’s good to see the team address its very reliable specialists early. No reason to have a question at kicker and long snapper when you don’t have to.