Minnesota Vikings release kicker Blair Walsh, set to sign Kai Forbath

The Minnesota Vikings released struggling kicker Blair Walsh on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Vikings have released struggling kicker Blair Walsh after he missed another extra point on Sunday against the Washington Redskins and are planning to replace him with former Redskins kicker Kai Forbath, according to a source.

Walsh has missed four extra points this season and four field goals, including a blocked field goal and missed extra point in an overtime loss to the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6. He missed an extra point against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Asked about the possibility of releasing Walsh on Monday, head coach Mike Zimmer said he and general manager Rick Spielman would discuss the option.

“We’re going to see what the options are at kicker, and then make a determination and go,” Zimmer said.

Forbath was among the six kickers the Vikings worked out last week.

Forbath spent three-plus seasons with the Redskins, hitting 24 of 27 field goal attempts with them in 2014. After going 1-for-2 in 2015, the Redskins released him after only one game and he signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he hit 9 of 13 field goals in 10 games last year, putting his season total at 10 for 15. However, he missed only one extra point last year, going 34 for 35.

While Forbath might not have as strong of a leg as Walsh, he did a 57-yarder for the Saints last year.

Here are his career stats from different ranges on field goals:

20-29: 90.5% (19 for 21)
30-39: 87.5% (21 for 24)
40-49: 83.3% (25 for 30)
50+: 57.1 (4 for 7)

Overall, he has made 84.1 percent of his field goals and 97.6 percent of his extra points.


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