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Monday, May 6, 2013

The 2013 Post-Draft NFC North Specialists Landscape

Following free-agency, the NFL draft, and the flurry of undrafted signings, here is a snapshot of the current specialists in the NFC North:  

Chicago Bears 
  • K Robbie Gould, returning starter, recovering from surgery
  • K Austin Signor, free agent signing on April 19th
  • P Adam Podlesh, returning starter
  • P Tress Way (Oklahoma), undrafted rookie free agent signing
  • P Kyle Negrete (USC), undrafted rookie free agent signing
  • LS Patrick Mannelly, returning starter re-signed on December 26th
  • LS Brandon Hartson (Houston),  undrafted rookie free agent signing
Detroit Lions 
  • K David Akers, new starter, free agent signing (from San Francisco) on April 5th
  • K/P Havard Rugland (a.k.a. Kickalicious), free agent signing on April 11th
  • P Sam Martin (Appalachian State), probable starter drafted in the 5th round
  • P Blake Clingan, free agent signing on March 5th
  • LS Don Muhlbach, returning starter re-signed on March 14th 
Green Bay Packers 
  • K Mason Crosby, returning starter who could be challenged by...
  • K Giorgio Tavecchio, free agent signing on March 26th
  • P Tim Masthay, returning starter
  • LS Brett Goode, returning starter 
Minnesota Vikings
  • K Blair Walsh, returning starter
  • P Chris Kluwe, returning starter was released on May 6th following...
  • P Jeff Locke (UCLA), new starter drafted in the 5th round
  • LS Cullen Loeffler, returning starter

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