With all the things that the Minnesota Vikings did on the first day of the “legal tampering” window in the National Football League, we managed to miss one move that is more important than it would appear to be on the surface.
Before the start of free agency, the Vikings agreed to a contract extension with punter Britton Colquitt. The deal is for three years and is worth a total of $9 million.
The Vikings signed Colquitt to replace Matt Wile after teams made their final cuts of Training Camp. In addition to serving as the punter, he also immediately took over as the holder when the Vikings were trying all sorts of things at that spot, including working wide receivers Adam Thielen and Chad Beebe into the mix. In what I’m sure is directly related, Dan Bailey had a bounce-back season in 2019 after an up-and-down 2018, as Bailey missed just two field goals all season with Colquitt serving as the holder.
Colquitt also went all season without a touchback as a punter, and his 42.6 yard net average was good for seventh in the National Football League.
So, congratulations to Britton Skolquitt. . .er, Colquitt. . .on remaining in purple for the foreseeable future!