Kicker Blair Walsh opens up about future with Minnesota Vikings
MAY 21, 2:22p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Aug 22 / 10:23p ET
News: Walsh missed all three field goal attempts in Saturday's preseason win over Oakland and missed an extra point. He's just 2-of-6 on field goal attempts in three preseason games.
Impact: Walsh missed field goal attempts from 35, 38 and 49 yards Saturday. Although conditions were not ideal with rain and wind, he's still been in a slump. Walsh signed a four-year, $14 million contract before the start of training camp, so he's in no danger to lose his job. However, it would be reassuring if he made a few field goals his final two preseason games.
Rotowire: Jul 26 / 11:55a ET
News: Walsh has signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings, reportedly worth up to $14 million, ESPN.com reports. "Blair has been a vital part of our special-teams success since we drafted him and we felt it was very important to secure his future with our organization," GM Rick Spielman said of the 2012 sixth-rounder. "His consistency on kickoffs and on long range field goals can help change the game for our team and we're excited for his future here in Minnesota."
Impact: The report further notes that Walsh's deal includes $5.25 million guaranteed and currently makes him one of the top five highest-paid kickers in the NFL. Walsh is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he made 26-of-35 field goals attempts, including 5-of-9 from over 50 yards. With the Vikings having added deep threat Mike Wallace during the offseason and with running back Adrian Peterson returning, Walsh could see an uptick in scoring opportunities this coming season, a scenario that could see him re-emerge on the fantasy radar. The 25-year-old notched 107 points in 2014, down from his marks of 141 points in 2012 (a season in which he nailed 10-of-10 attempts from 50-plus yards as a rookie) and 121 points in 2013.
StatsLLC: Jul 26 / 12:00a ET
News: The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Blair Walsh to a contract extension. Terms weren't disclosed.
Impact: Walsh was a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Georgia entering the final year of his rookie contract. Walsh set an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50-plus yards to start his career, 10 of which came in his first season. Since then, Walsh's productivity has fallen off, with a 74.3 percent field goal rate in 2014. He made 92.1 percent in 2012 and 86.7 percent in 2013.