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Vikings Trade For Kaare Vedvik From Ravens To Build Special Teams Depth

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Kaare Vedvik Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have traded for Norwegian kicker Kaare Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens pick up an undisclosed pick from the Vikings in the deal, but the rumor is that it will be Minnesota’s fifth-round pick in 2020. Vedvik went 4-for-4 on field goals in Thursday‘s preseason opener. One of them was an impressive 55-yard shot. He also nailed two punts over 50 yards. While he hasn’t played in a regular season game yet, the former Marshall Thundering Herd kicker has gone 12-for-13 on field goal attempts in two preseasons. The Ravens planned on trading Vedvik last season, but those plans fell apart after he was assaulted in East Baltimore and hospitalized in September. Now that he’s healthy, the Ravens actively pursued a trade for Kaare Vedvik since the team has Justin Tucker who’s currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Four teams were in the hunt to deal for Vedvik, with Minnesota winning the trade race.

Minnesota appears to be attempting to build up their special teams depth. The Vikings picked up Air Force long-snapper Austin Cutting in the 2019 NFL Draft. A move that could create competition with veteran long-snapper Dan Bailey who spent seven seasons with the Dalla

  • s Cowboys. Bailey wasn’t a bad kicker, but anyone can see his regression over the past two years. In 2018, the 31-year old Bailey went 21-for-28 on field goal attempts. While those numbers aren’t bad, they don’t reflect the numbers he was putting up with the Cowboys. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has reiterated that he likes Bailey as the kicker. But if his numbers continue to go down, they now have a backup. Vedvik may also see some punting opportunities.

    At Marshall, Vedvik was first-team all-conference in Conference USA in 2017. His claim to fame that season was a 92-yard punt against Old Dominion. He had a 72-yard punt against Southern Miss in 2016. Vedvik went 10-for-16 in his career at Marshall, handling both punting and kicking duties in his last two seasons there.