One year and one month after then-Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal wide left that likely would have won a wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Seahawks have signed Walsh.
The Vikings lost that playoff game 10-9 to the Seahawks at frigid TCF Bank Stadium and stood by the kicker throughout last offseason and nine games into the 2016 season before finally releasing him after a series of misses convinced the team his confidence was shaken beyond immediate repair. Walsh didn’t latch on with another team for the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, but the Seahawks have now signed him.
The irony runs even deeper than Walsh signing with the team for which he helped secure a playoff win the year before. The kicker that the Seahawks had with them the last six years, Steven Hauschka, spent an offseason and training camp with the Vikings in 2008 before his release. Hauschka is scheduled to be a free agent this March.
In 2016, Walsh was 12-for-16 on field goals and 15-for-19 on extra points before his release from the Vikings.
After releasing Walsh last year, the Vikings signed Kai Forbath, who was 15-for-15 on field goals and 11-for-14 on extra points.
The initial reaction on Twitter was to be expected – support from Walsh fans and Seahawks fans and renewed backlash from Vikings fans.