Phil Dawson
Anquan Boldin, five others absent from 49ers OTA practice
Phil Dawson, K, SF
News: Six players were absent from the 49ers' OTA practice on Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Those not present were wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Bruce Miller, offensive linemen Alex Boone and Anthony Davis, punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson.

OTA practices are voluntary and players are not required to attend.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was also not present though he was given the day off by 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Bowman missed the 2014 season after sustaining an ACL tear during the 2013 playoffs. 


Blair Walsh
Blair Walsh, Vikings discussing contract extension
Blair Walsh, K, MIN
News: Vikings kicker Blair Walsh said that he's discussed a contract extension with the team, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Walsh said there's been "a little bit of communication" about a new deal. 

"I would love to stay a Viking," he said. "This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker. But at the same time, I’ve had a Pro Bowl year here, I’ve had success and there’s been a lot of long attempts that we’ve made, so the numbers are going to have to be right for both of us. But when it comes down to it, I hope I can stay with the Vikings." 


Josh Brown
Giants' kicker on new PAT rules: 'I'm excited'
Josh Brown, K, NYG
News: Josh Brown's job as the Giants' kicker just got harder, but he's not complaining, according to the official team site.

NFL owners approved the competition committee's proposal to move the placement of the football on the extra point attempts form the two to the 15-yard line, making what used to be a 20-yard kick into a  33-yard attempt. Brown sees the change as an opportunity to showcase the skills of a kicker.

“I’m excited about it,” Brown, the Giants’ kicker, said today. “I believe it adds higher value to a person that come out in December in bad weather and still be consistent. Those qualities are still very exciting to me. It’s a play that you won’t turn the TV off for anymore. Every point matters in this game and now with the longer extra point, there’s added difficulty to it. It’s not a gimme. There are levels of excitement that are going to make the game more appealing when scores are very, very tight.”

Brown was perfect last season during extra point attempts, going 44 for 44.


Shayne Graham
Saints release kicker Shayne Graham
Shayne Graham, K, NO
News: The Saints released kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday, which comes just a few months after he signed a one-year, $970,000 contract. The remaining kickers on the Saints roster are Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker.

Graham is a 14-year veteran of the NFL. He appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2014, going 19 of 22 on field goals and 46 of 47 on extra points.


Justin Tucker
Kicker Justin Tucker signs tender offer with Ravens
Justin Tucker, K, BAL
News: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signed his second-round restricted free agent tender Thursday, the team announced.

The tender was for $2.356 million. Tucker never received another offer sheet from another team.


Kai Forbath
K Kai Forbath signs tender with Redskins
Kai Forbath, K, WAS
News: Kicker Kai Forbath announced on his Twitter and Instagram pages that he signed his tender with the Redskins. 

"Contract signed!! Officially putting on the Burgundy & Gold for another year! #HTTR," he wrote. 

In March, the Redskins extended a $1.54 million tender to Forbath. That's the agreement he signed, according to The Washington Post

Forbath went undrafted in 2011 and became the Redskins' kicker in 2012. With Washington, he's made 88.1 percent of his kicks. 


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