BY DAN BEGNOCHE
When you have a kicker who is second all-time in points in franchise history, unless that leg isn't working anymore, you better re-sign him.
That's exactly what the Bills did Tuesday, inking a four-year deal with veteran Rian Lindell, which will more than likely make him a Bill for the remainder of his career. Buffalo's $11 million deal may seem like a risky one given Lindell's injury this season, but in terms of his career, you couldn't ask for anyone better.
Before his injury, Lindell played in 180 consecutive games, never missing a single game with the Bills and amassing 878 points in his 12 seasons as a pro. 2012 will be his 10th with Buffalo, going in 30 field goals short of the most ever by a Bill, a record held by legend Steve Christie.
“It’s great. Like I said going into the offseason talking with coach and Buddy I want to win here,” Lindell told BuffaloBills.com. “To win here I think would be really special so that’s something to look forward to.”
Lindell was having a strong season before his Week 9 injury, and despite the skepticism, he insists he is back and healthy. Lindell, with a nearly 83 percent field-goal percentage, leads all Bills kickers in accuracy. Buffalo will be glad to see that kind of consistency back in the lineup, as his replacements, Dave Rayner and Brandon Coutu, were less than impressive in his absence.
“I’m all cleared,” he said. “I’m just hitting the weights and starting to get ready for April.”
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