Vikings reach agreement with long snapper Andrew DePaola

The Minnesota Vikings have reached a contract extension with long snapper Andrew DePaola according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The deal is reportedly for three years and worth $4.025 million. DePaola has been a reliable special teams player for the Vikings since joining the team in 2019. He has appeared in 31 games for the Vikings and has yet to have a bad snap.

Long snappers are often overlooked, but they play a critical role in every special teams play. Any mistake by the long snapper can lead to a blocked kick or a turnover, which can prove to be very costly for a team in tight games.

By locking up DePaola for another three years, the Vikings are ensuring that they have a consistent and reliable long snapper for the foreseeable future. This move may seem small, but it could pay big dividends for the team in the long run.

Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire