After Thursday night’s 29-0 Ravens victory over the Jaguars, no player caught the attention of the NFL more than K/P Kaare Vedvik.
Vedvik hit field goals from 55, 45, 26, and 29 yards and made both of his extra point attempts. Vedvik also punted the ball twice with one netting 53 yards and the other netting 58 yards.
With the Ravens very well knowing Vedvik had trade value (and the job security of Justin Tucker and Sam Koch), they waited for the best possible offer and pulled the trigger this afternoon by striking a deal with the Vikings.
Netting a fifth-round draft pick for a kicker is rare, but with many teams struggling to find reliable kickers to execute in pressure situations, teams like the Vikings feel that ponying up a mid to late round draft pick is needed to put up game-altering points on the scoreboard.
A year after Vedvik was jumped, beaten, and hospitalized after a night out in Baltimore, his perseverance and commitment to excellence (as well as the Ravens’ patience) earned him a starting job, now with the Vikings. I, as well as many Ravens fans, wish Vedvik the best in Minnesota (just don’t beat us on a game-winning kick).