Death, taxes, and Cullen Loeffler as the long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings are about the three most sure things in the universe.
It seemed, though, that Loeffler might not be returning for a 12th season in 2014. He slumped badly, and had several bad snaps, including the most Vikings LOLWUT moment of 2014--a bad snap on a punt, which lead to said punt being blocked for a safety against the Dolphins, in overtime.
Because of course.
However, it was reported earlier that Loeffler will be coming back on what is a classic Rick Spielman one year 'prove it' deal. Loeffler, who has been the Vikings long snapper since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2004, has been a model of consistency for the Vikings, at least for the most part.
His slump last year (he was the worst rated long snapper by Pro Football Focus) was hopefully an anomaly, but...and let's be clear this is just my opinion here...a one year deal makes me think that the Vikings are open to bringing in some competition for the position. When you add in his age (34), and his relatively high salary for a special teams long snapper ($1.27 million in 2014), the one year deal makes sense for a couple reasons.
It gives the Vikings an opportunity to re-evaluate Loeffler, and retain him if they want. But it also gives the team flexibility to go in the proverbial different direction if they don't like what they see, and from a payroll standpoint, it won't cost them much to do either.
So first Tom Johnson, now Cullen Loeffler. THE ROCK IS ROLLING DOWNHILL KIDS AND YOU BETTER GET OUT OF THE WAY BECAUSE RICK SPILEMAN'S GONNA RUN YOU OVER WITH HIS MOVES WOOOOOOOO!!!