Now that Jeff Locke has officially moved on, having signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the early part of the free agency period, the Minnesota Vikings need to answer their punter question. They signed rookie Taylor Symmank, who they had on the squad for a bit last offseason, and now they’ve brought in some competition for him.
On Monday, the Vikings announced the signing of punter Ryan Quigley.
Quigley went undrafted out of Boston College in 2012, and spent the 2012 preseason with the Chicago Bears. He then spent three seasons with the New York Jets from 2013 to 2015, and from there bounced around to a couple of places prior to signing with the Arizona Cardinals in September. The Cardinals released Quigley in mid-November, and he’s been without a team since then.
For his career, Quigley has a gross average of 44.6 yards/punt, and a net average of 39.8 yards/punt. For comparison, Locke had a 43.2 yard gross average and a 38.8 yard net average.
Yeah, it’s not a hugely exciting signing, but hey. . .we have a punter competition, it appears. (You know, that thing we all spent most of last offseason screaming for.)