As trade rumors surrounding Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik have been heating up in recent days, ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided more concrete details on the situation Sunday afternoon.
According to Schefter, Baltimore has received calls regarding Vedvik’s availability from four different teams, including two NFC North squads and will trade him “at some point this summer”.
At least four teams have called the Ravens to inquire about trading for kicker Kaare Vedvik, with at least two of those calls coming from NFC North teams, per a league source. Ravens don’t have to do anything in the short term, but will deal the kicker at some point this summer.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2019
This doesn’t come as much as a surprise. Vedvik was a preseason standout last year but an unfortunate post-game accident derailed any chances of the Ravens dealing him. If the team were not already set at both kicker (Justin Tucker) and punter (Sam Koch), they’d surely plug him into the lineup, but trading him to a kicker-needy team makes sense.
In Thursday’s preseason debut against the Jaguars, Vedvik connected on all four of his field goal attempts, including a 55-yard boot. He also punted twice for 53 and 58 yards, demonstrating his versatility as a special teams threat.
Vedvik’s combination of leg strength and accuracy suggest he could become one of the better kickers in the league, granted he gets the opportunity to be a starter. One of said NFC North teams that have inquired about Vedvik in trade talks is likely the Chicago Bears, whose season was derailed by kicking woes last year.
Another team to keep an eye on is the New York Jets, as their starting kicker Chandler Catanzaro abruptly retired over the weekend.
Expect the Ravens to continue to showcase Vedvik’s talent over the remainder of the preseason and trade him in the coming weeks. Exactly what the details of a Vedvik deal look like remains to be seen, but it’s not unreasonable to think Baltimore could land a sixth or seventh round pick for the talented kicker.
Stay tuned for more updates.