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Monday, April 8, 2013

NFL Long Snappers 2013 - Signings

Roundup/Recap: so far the NFL off-season has seen thirteen long snappers signed.

Patrick Scales, Miami Dolphins
"John Denney, the longest tenured Miami Dolphin, sailed through training camp in 2012 without any competition. But he’ll have to fend off at least one teammate this time around. The Dolphins on Monday announced the signing of Patrick Scales, a first-year long snapper out of Utah State. Scales, 6-3 and 248 pounds, was in camp with the Ravens last year before being released just before the start of the regular season. Should Scales perform well in camp, he would likely be a cheaper option than Denney, who is set to earn $860,000 in base salary this year. Denney has been with the team since 2007."
Nick Sundberg
Washington Redskins
"Sundberg and the Redskins on Sunday afternoon agreed in principle to a new four-year contract. Financial terms were not available. 'I’m definitely super excited to be back with the Redskins', Sundberg said in a phone conversation. 'It’s what I really wanted at the end of the day. I didn’t want to test free agency. The whole unknown thing wasn’t something I really wanted to go jump into. I’m really looking forward to where this team is going in the near future'.... Sundberg, who turns 26 in July, has been a reliably accurate snapper since joining the Redskins in 2010. He made headlines last season when he played through a broken left arm in the Redskins’ season-opening victory over New Orleans. The injury limited him to only eight regular season games – all victories, which he enjoys pointing out."
Andrew Economos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
"Tampa Bay re-signed LS Andrew Economos, who was one of the Buccaneers’ special teams captains in 2012 and he has been the team’s primary long-snapper for most of the past seven seasons. He first signed with the Buccaneers in 2006, though an injury limited him to three games that season.  Over the next six seasons, he has handled all of the team’s kick-snapping duties, with the exception of seven games in 2011.  He was first voted as a special teams captain in 2010, then again in 2012."
Thomas Gafford, Kansas City Chiefs
"The long snapper is in the fold for the 2013 season, according to Aaron Wilson. Gafford's Chiefs deal is one year, $715,000. Got $10,000 workout bonus. The Chiefs haven't confirmed this yet. Gafford won the great long snapping battle of 2009. He and Tanner Purdum competed for the job throughout the summer and Gafford won. He's been on the Chiefs ever since."
Tanner Purdum,  New York Jets
"Purdum signed a two-year contract, according to his agent, Rob Roche.
Purdum has been a steady long snapper since 2010. He was a non-tendered restricted free agent, meaning the Jets opted not to place the low tender ($1.32 million) on him with the hope of re-signing him at a lower price. Which is exactly what happened. The Jets have another experienced long snapper on the roster, Travis Tripuka."
Don Muhlbach, Detroit Lions
"Muhlbach has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Detroit Lions, according to the team’s website. The Lions worked out two long snappers, including Ryan Pontbriand, at a tryout for specialists earlier this month. But the 31-year-old Muhlbach, who made the Pro Bowl last season, was expected to return for a 10th season in Detroit."
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers
"The Steelers have re-signed veteran long-snapper Greg Warren to a one-year contract, the team announced. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Warren has spent his entire career with the Steelers since originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of North Carolina in 2005. Warren has served as the team’s long-snapper in 117 regular-season games and nine postseason contests. He has played in 48 consecutive regular-season games."
Justin Drescher, New Orleans Saints
"Long snapper Justin Drescher agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source. Drescher was the only Saints restricted free agent not issued a tender. But it should come as no surprise the Saints came to terms with Drescher quickly during free agency as he's been dependable on special teams. Terms of the contract weren't available."
Morgan Cox, Baltimore Ravens
"The Ravens have retained long snapper Morgan Cox through a two-year agreement, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Financial terms of the unsigned deal weren't immediately available. A former undrafted free agent from the University of Tennessee, Cox was a restricted free agent who wasn't extended an original-round-right of first refusal one-year tender of $1.32 million. Instead, the Ravens are in the process of securing his services for the next two seasons. Cox has been the Ravens' long snapper for the past three years. Last season, the reliable 6-foot-4, 241-pounder snapped for 83 punts, 33 field goals and 42 extra points and tied a career-high with two special-teams tackles."
Jon Dorenbos, Philadelphia Eagles
"The Eagles signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos to a 4-year contract.Dorenbos, who turns 33 in July, has been with the team since 2006....'It's a new energy,' Dorenbos said. 'New is good. New is a chance to prove ourselves again. I'm looking forward to, obviously, if you've watched the history Oregon had - I talked to some players that played for coach Kelly, and said that the energy and the culture's awesome, so whatever changes he implements, the team's going to buy into right away'.... Dorenbos has done a lot for the Eagles off the field, with charity appearances. 'I've got a great relationship with the community, the team,' he said. 'I have the utmost respect for this entire organization, starting with Jeff Lurie and Christina'."
Mike Windt, San Diego Chargers
"The Chargers re-signed long snapper Mike Windt, who has quickly become a reliable and key member of the team’s special teams unit. Over the past three seasons, Windt has honed his craft to become a steady and reliable force in both the kicking and punting game.  He was originally signed as a free agent in 2010 after an injury to David Binn.  In 2011, he won an intense training camp competition with Binn, the Chargers’ all-time leader for career games played, and retained the job as the team’s long snapper. Windt’s 2012 seasons ended abruptly when he broke his wrist in a week 11 loss to the Denver Broncos, but he is expected to be ready well before the start of the 2013 season. Overall, the 6-foot-2, 252 pound product out of Cincinnati has appeared in 37 games in three seasons."
Clark Harris, Cincinnati Bengals 
The Bengals reached a five-year contract with their flawless long-snapper Clark Harris.... 'When I talked to [special teams coach Darrin Simmons] at the end of the season he told me when you have a niche somewhere, it's nice to stay,' Harris said. 'Once you find a niche and a spot where you know the guys, you know the coaches, you know everybody in the organization, it's kind of nice to be able to stay'."
L.P. Ladouceur, Dallas Cowboys 
"Veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will now have a chance to play his entire career with the Cowboys. They agreed to a five-year deal with Ladouceur, his agent Gil Scott said. Ladouceur was set to become an unrestricted free agent, but Scott said his client wanted to remain with the Cowboys. 'He wanted to be a Cowboy his whole career for sure,' Scott said. 'He’s very happy to be there. We’re happy to get it done now. All things being equal, he’s very satisfied to continue there for another five years and hopefully retire a Cowboy one day.' Ladouceur, who will turn 32 on March 13, has spent his first eight seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys. He’s become one of the league’s most consistent long snappers."
Patrick Mannelly, Chicago Bears
late December 2012: "The Bears signed long snapper Patrick Mannelly to a one-year contract extension that will keep the veteran with the organization through 2013. Mannelly is the current franchise record holder for most games played with 230. 'I'm extremely pleased we were able to reach a one-year extension with Patrick Mannelly,' Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. 'He epitomizes what we're looking for in a Chicago Bear: excellence in performance and great leadership.' The only presently active player from the 1998 NFL Draft class, Mannelly is now set to play his 16th straight season in a Bears uniform. Drafted out of Duke with the Bears' sixth round pick (189th overall), he's filled the same role with the franchise for over a decade now."
Reserve/future contracts from January 2013
  • Travis Tripucka, New York Jets
  • Bryce Davis, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Charley Hughlett, Dallas Cowboys
  • Andrew DePaola, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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