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More speculation on Vinatieri and the Cowboys

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Update [2006-3-13 16:17:43 by Grizz]: Check out this opening to a story on's Todd Korth explains why the Packers should do everything possible to sign unrestricted free agent kicker Mike Vanderjagt to fill the sizeable void left by Ryan Longwell. With Adam Vinatieri headed to Dallas, pursuing Vanderjagt makes the most sense for the Packers.
I can't read the rest because it's a pay article, but that headline alone coupled with the radio report makes things very interesting.

Update [2006-3-13 16:9:10 by Grizz]: Rafael Vela is saying on his blog that a Boston-area fan sent in an email. The email said WEEI sports radio in Boston reported that the Cowboys are closing in on a deal for Adam Vinatieri. I have found no other confirmations but will be searching for something. Hold tight.

(Hat tip to BTB reader ezzi110 for posting this in the comments)

From ESPN Insider (sub. required):

With Vinatieri likely to command between $2.5 million and $3 million per year, only three teams -- Dallas, Green Bay and New England -- are in a position to pursue the free-agent place-kicker, according to the Boston Herald.

"They're basically a love triangle right now, and they've all got something going for them," said an agent representing a free agent kicker not named Vinatieri. "The best cap situation is Green Bay. The best personal situation would be New England. And the best kicking conditions are in Dallas."

The Herald previously reported that Vinatieri could have a new home by today. But Ryan Longwell's five-year, $10 million deal with the Vikings established the going rate for kickers and forced Vinatieri to re-examine his options.

ESPN reports that ex-Cowboy Antonio Bryant has signed with the 49ers. He got a 4-year, $15 million deal including a $5 million signing bonus.

Get to know LB Akin Ayodele, he may soon be a Cowboy.