EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Gary Anderson, the NFL's all-time leading scorer, was close to rejoining the Minnesota Vikings a day after their stunning overtime loss to Buffalo in which Doug Brien missed two extra points.
Anderson, 43, was offered a contract Monday, coach Mike Tice said. Brien was still with the team, though, and Tice said it was likely Brien would remain on the roster to kick off if an agreement with Anderson was reached.
"Unless somebody cuts somebody or unless something drops out of the ceiling," Tice said, "I don't know that there is a better guy right now than Doug for kicking off."
Anderson, who was out of town and not expected to sign until Tuesday, wasn't offered a contract this spring because he doesn't kick off and the Vikings didn't want to use two roster spots for kickers. Punter Mitch Berger used to handle kickoffs, but he signed with St. Louis and his replacement, Kyle Richardson doesn't kick off, either.
Richardson averaged 46.7 yards per punt Sunday and the team has been happy with his holding, so there are no plans to replace him with someone who can kick off.
"If Gary comes back, he comes back for good," Tice said. "He's no stopgap."
Brien, in his ninth year, missed four of five field goals in the preseason and was nearly cut two weeks ago when the Vikings held a four-man tryout for his job. He survived that and went 3-for-3 on field goals in Week 1 against Chicago.
Against the Bills, though, Brien had a 44-yard field goal hit the upright, pulled two extra points wide left and failed to squib a kickoff that gave Buffalo a better chance to drive for the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. The Vikings lost 45-39.
"You can't miss PATs in this league, and we missed two PATs," Tice said. "And that shouldn't happen to anybody."
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