By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Baltimore Ravens have traded kicker Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings. In exchange, a 2020 sift-round draft pick is going back to Baltimore.
Vedvik must pass a physical with the Vikings before the trade will be completed.
“I’m really fired up for Kaare,” Ravens special-teams coach Chris Horton said on Sunday. “He deserves it after everything he’s been through. What an opportunity for him.”
In the Ravens preseason opener on Thursday in a 29-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Vedvik was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal attempts, including a 55-yard field goal. He also converted both extra point attempts.
Now, with this team, he is expected to compete for the kicker and punter role. Dan Bailey was signed by the Vikings last season after Daniel Carlson struggled early in the 2018 campaign.
In the Vikings 34-25 win over the New Orleans Saints on Friday night, Bailey did not attempt a field goal. However, he was 4-for-4 in extra points.
Matt Wile is entering his second season with the Vikings. He had 72 punts for 3,255 yards for an average of 45.2 yards per punt.
Wile landed on his feet with the Vikings after playing the 2017 season with the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals.
“Honestly, I really like Dan Bailey,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “I think he’s a very professional, mature kid. We’ve been having some issues with the snap, hold, kick kind of thing. Having two long-snappers, I think that’s adding to it a little bit because the timing’s different. The holding we’re working on quite a bit, but I like Dan.”
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