The Lions have a new kicker and he’s “Kickalicious.”
The team signed Norwegian kicking sensation Havard Rugland to a contract Thursday to compete for their kicking job left vacant by Jason Hanson’s retirement. Rugland’s deal is reportedly for three years and $1.485 million with no bonus or guaranteed money.
Rugland will compete with newly signed David Akers for the job. Both players are left-footed, which should make it easy on the holders this offseason.
Rugland is trying to parlay his incredible trick-shot video — which he called “Kickalicious” — into a job kicking for an NFL team.
The Lions brought Rugland in for a tryout last month but did not sign him at the time.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said at the NFL League Meetings last month that the team first learned about him from the internet video and through league channels.
Rugland is 6-foot-2 1/2 and 240 pounds and became familiar with the sport only a couple years ago. He has been training with former NFL kicker Michael Husted in San Diego since November of 2012 and has followed the career former NFL kicker and native Norwegian Jan Stenerud, one of only three kickers currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He’s also reportedly had workouts for the Browns and Jets before signing with the Lions.
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