Black and Blue all over: Lloyd signs

Monday's activity concluded late in the evening when Minnesota signed kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd to a two-year contract, according to Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

Lloyd said Vikings coaches told him they hope he can one day be their full-time kicker, but that in 2010 they would retain veteran Ryan Longwell -- who was the NFL's fourth-most accurate kicker in 2009. Longwell managed only five touchbacks on kickoffs last season, creating the need for a specialist like Lloyd.

The Vikings also have mild interest in running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the Star Tribune reported, but there is nothing imminent on that front. They will need to identify a primary backup to Adrian Peterson after losing free-agent tailback Chester Taylor to Chicago.

Continuing around the NFC North: