Vikings acquire Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik for 5th-round pick in 2020

Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik is exactly where he wants to be even though he knows he might not be there for long

Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik is exactly where he wants to be even though he knows he might not be there for long

Kevin McDermott was released Sunday after four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The team has been using Eddy Pinerio and Elliott Fry in camp as they look to move on from a disastrous season with Cody Parkey in 2018 that ended with the double-doink loss to Philadelphia in the playoffs. The release means that seventh round draft pick Austin Cutting, the Vikings' last choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, has likely won a job on the final roster. Bailey has yet to have a flawless day kicking, but was more consistent making kicks with McDermott snapping. Vedvik was a hot trade target last preseason when he was assaulted in East Baltimore and left with head and facial injuries. The Baltimore Ravens have traded kicker Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings, the Ravens announced.

Wile, who was the holder past year, was tied for ninth in the National Football League in 2018 with a 41.5-yard net punting average.

It's certainly a steep price for a kicker, but there was plenty of competition out there to land the 25-year-old from Norway.

Vedik will have his work cut out for him if he is competing with Bailey for kicking duties. This will also be basically the second fifth-round pick that the Zimmer regime has used on a kicker in the past couple seasons, which is astounding and while it shows that the team is serious about fixing the position it also makes you wonder about their ability to either establish or foster kicking talent. Vedvik had made about 90% of his kicks in this year's training camp but missed a 33-yard field goal on Saturday.

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The long snapper rotation during training camp has concerned Zimmer, among other issues, as kicker Dan Bailey remained inconsistent. "He's a very professional, mature kid". We have been having some issues with the snap, hold, kick.

Before it became official, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer declined to discuss the trade during his press conference after Sunday's practice.

McDermott's playing time during Friday's preseason opener at New Orleans, where Cutting took the lead with the field goal operation, was a clear precursor.

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