When you have the best kicker in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens have the luxury of trading their other kicker on the roster for a future asset.
On Sunday, Baltimore shipped off Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Vedvik, who comes from Norway had been with the Ravens during the preseason both last year and this year but with Justin Tucker already established as the Ravens’ franchise kicker, it was clear around the league that Vedvik would be a hot commodity if released.
The interest likely grew after the Ravens’ preseason opener in which Vedvik converted all four field-goal attempts including a 55-yard attempt. Schefter reported Sunday morning that four teams called Baltimore for Vedvik and NFL Insider Benjamin Allbright reported that the Bears and Jets were among those teams.
In terms of trades for kickers, it isn’t too rare, but it’s only the ninth trade involving a kicker since the 1996 season.
Vedvik will compete with veteran Dan Bailey who has had a lackluster training camp so far and, as Schefter suggested, could be both the punter and kicker for the Vikings which would be something considering they also have that position filled by Matt Wile who was solid last year in his first season as the full-time punter.