Player Wire: Longwell looking toward Vikings
Ryan Longwell (Rich Gabrielson/Viking Update)
Ryan Longwell (Rich Gabrielson/Viking Update)
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Kicker Ryan Longwell says he would like to return to the Vikings when the lockout ends, calling it “a really good fit.” Plus, get news and notes from some of most recognizable players in the league right now.

Vikings PK Ryan Longwell will be a free agent once the lockout ends, but told that his priority is to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Our full intention to go back to Minnesota and put together another good stretch of years up there," he said. "It does seem like a really good fit. I am a firm believer in the way Coach (Leslie) Frazier approaches coaching and life and approaches people."

Longwell completed a five-year deal with the Vikings having made 43 of 46 field-goal attempts over the past two seasons. Having come to Minnesota from Green Bay, Longwell knows free agency is inherently unpredictable.

"You have to be ready for something else, just in case," he said. "Whether I play one more game or five or 10 more years, who knows? But you want to leave a legacy of leadership, and in the spiritual realm that is obviously very important to us."

  • 49ers C Eric Heitmann, who missed the 2010 season because of a neck problem, is expected to miss another season after undergoing neck surgery about one month ago.

    According to, Heitmann had a ruptured disk surgically repaired by Dr. Robert Watkins.

    Heitmann's agent, Kenny Zuckerman, told the website he is rehabbing in Texas and added, "The bottom line is that he feels much better, and the pain has dissipated. The tingling has decreased, and his hopes are to play as soon as he's cleared."

    Early in training camp last year, Heitmann experienced a stinger and then broke his left fibula five days later. However, when his leg healed, the neck problem prevented him from playing.

    David Baas started all 16 games for the 49ers at center last season.

  • WR Kenny Britt returned to Nashville Wednesday and surrendered to police regarding outstanding warrants resulting from an alleged falsification of a driver's license application.

    Britt, who is free on $2,000 bond, was given a court date of July 18.

    Britt is also being sued for his alleged role in a bar fight last October, according to the Nashville City Paper.

    Harold E. Pointer filed a civil suit in Davidson County Circuit Court last week seeking $150,000 in punitive and compensatory damages. Britt and patron Bradford Miser are named in the suit along with the bar, the Karma Lounge in Nashville.

    According to the paper, Pointer claims Britt and Miser were allowed to re-enter the lounge after being escorted out, then approached Pointer and his friend. Miser allegedly hit Pointer with a glass bottle, starting a brawl on the floor during which Pointer claims Miser and Britt hit him repeatedly until security intervened.

    It's the latest in a line of incidents this offseason for Britt, who has a hearing in Hoboken, N.J., on July 12 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Britt was originally arrested on June 8 and charged with fourth-degree obstruction, fourth-degree tampering or fabricating evidence and third-degree resisting arrest with force. Those charges were reduced to disorderly conduct.

    He also has a July 18 court date after surrendering to Nashville police regarding outstanding warrants resulting from an alleged falsification of a driver's license application.

    Britt also had a bizarre series of postings on his Facebook account last month, including an announcement that he was retiring and a curse at commissioner Roger Goodell. Britt later claimed his account had been hacked.

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