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Blair Walsh survives for now, no new kicker signed

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly will stick with Blair Walsh for now, even after trying out several kickers on Tuesday.

Blair Walsh appears to have avoided the unemployment line, at least for now.

The much-vilified Minnesota Vikings kicker who missed an extra point and had a 46-yard field goal blocked, both in the second half of Sunday’s 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions, will keep his job for now.

Walsh has missed four field goal attempts this year – from 37, 56 and two from 46 yards – this year and three extra points.

After his performance on Sunday, he clearly wasn’t happy about reporters approaching him again with more questions.

“They didn’t go in, man. You watched it,” Walsh said after the game.

“It’s not that I’m frustrated with (the media), but you guys have got to understand that what do you want the answer to be? I want to be there for my team, of course I do. I mean, come on. You guys ask the same question every week: ‘Did you make it? Why didn’t it go in?’ If I had the answer right away, I’d tell you. I’m confident in what I’m doing. I know that I’m going to be fine, but it’s tough right now.”

Despite all the speculation surrounding Walsh, the Tuesday transactions in the NFL came and went without the Vikings signing a kicker.

The issues were likely twofold for why the Vikings appear to be keeping Walsh, at least for now. The kickers available haven’t proven to be much more reliable than Walsh and his contract was prohibitive, especially with the Vikings tight up against the salary cap. Walsh signed a four-year, $13 million contract last year and cutting him would have pushed more than $3 million onto their 2016 cap, not to mention the additional cap charges that would be created with a new kicker.

“At some point in time you have belief and confidence in guys because you know what they’ve done in the past,” head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday when asked about Walsh. “We’ve missed three extra points this year. We’ve missed several field goals. The way our games are being played, they’re going to come down to a lot of close games. We have to look at all avenues as far as what gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”


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