Trade: Ravens are sending kicker Kaare Vedvik to Minnesota in exchange for a 2020 5th-round draft pick, per league source. Vikings could wind up using Vedvik as their kicker and punter.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2019
Vedvik signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2018, but missed the entire season after he was assaulted in Baltimore and was placed on the Non-Football injury list. He has returned for the Ravens this season, and went 4-for-4 in the team’s preseason opener.
While this obviously bodes badly for Dan Bailey as the kicker. . .he has no guaranteed money on his contract, so he’s as good as gone. . .it could also be a bad sign for punter Matt Wile. Schefter speculates that the Vikings could use Vedvik as both a kicker and a punter. I know that there were players in the NFL that used to do that, but as far as I can remember it’s been a while since it’s happened.
This would also, potentially, open up the issue of who’s going to be the holder for the Vikings, since Wile handles those duties at the present time. The team has experimented with other players, notably Adam Thielen and Chad Beebe, as the holder for field goals and extra points, but Wile handled all of the extra point attempts in the preseason opener.
So, the Vikings have a brand new kicker in the fold, ladies and gentlemen. What do you think about that?