Minnesota Vikings expected to stick with Blair Walsh at kicker
Despite the Minnesota Vikings bringing in a couple of kickers for workouts, the team is expected to stick with Blair Walsh for the rest of the 2016 season.
Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they would be kicking the tires on a couple of kickers to give some competition to the struggling incumbent at the position, Blair Walsh.
Today, it was announced that the workouts have concluded on the invited prospects, but it appears as though Walsh will keep his job for the remainder of the 2016 NFL season unless things continue to get worse.
Trusted ESPN NFL expert Adam Schefter made the announcement on his official twitter account today that the plan is to stick with Walsh at kicker, citing a ‘league source’ for his information.
Vikings worked out multiple kickers today but are now planning to stick with Blair Walsh, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 8, 2016
There is hope that this move from the Vikings will help to motivate Walsh to continue in his efforts to be a more consistent and accurate kicker, but it could also add more stress and worry to a player who likely already has a struggling mindset when it comes to kicking.
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Blair Walsh currently has the worst percentage in the NFL when it comes to making extra points and is 24th in the league in field goal percentage. That is not good, since Walsh is the fifth highest paid kicker in the NFL, making an average of $3,250,000 per season.
Considering Walsh is under contract through the 2019 NFL season and still has $1.65 million guaranteed left on his current deal, the Vikings did see the kicker as a valuable part of their future going forward. But considering that Minnesota was looking into some other options, the franchise must be serious about considering moving on from him for the future.
Blair Walsh will have a chance for some sort of redemption as the season goes on. Next week, the Vikings will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins. If he can string together some solid games, there will still be hope for a Walsh to get his career back on track.