EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 11, acquired kicker and punter Kaare Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
“It’s a great place to go, great organization, so that’s really fantastic for Kaare,” said Vedvik’s agent John Perla.
Perla said Vedvik was pulled off the practice field when the deal was done, went home to pack, and will be at Minnesota’s practice on Monday. He will provide competition on the Vikings for either kicker Dan Bailey or punter Matt Wile, who both practiced Sunday.
“Whatever the team wants him for, he’s become pretty adept at both of them,” Perla said. “If they say, ‘We want a punter,’ he can be the punter. If they want a kicker, he can be the kicker. I can’t believe they would have one guy do both.”
In Baltimore’s preseason opener last Thursday, Vedvik made all four of his field-goal attempts, including a 55-yarder. The Ravens said the deal is contingent on Vedvik passing a physical.
ESPN had first reported an unnamed source saying the deal was done. Asked about that report at a press conference before practice, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer declined to confirm it.
“If we indeed made a trade, it’s to get better guys,” Zimmer said
Bailey has been up and down in practices since the start of training camp. In Minnesota’s 34-25 win over New Orleans in the preseason opener on Friday, he made all four of his extra-point attempts.
Bailey last year made just 4 of 9 field goals between 40 and 49 yards.
“Honestly, I really like Dan Bailey,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s a very professional, mature kid. We’ve been having some issues with the snap, hold, kick kind of thing. Having two long snappers (with Kevin McDermott and Austin Cutting competing for the job) has added to that a little bit because the timing is a bit different. The holding we’re working on quite a bit.”
The Vikings have had concerns about Wile’s ability to hold. They have been auditioning several other players in training camp as possible holders.
Wile averaged 42.5 yards in two punts against the Saints.
“The first punt was inside the 20 but not by much,” Zimmer said. “I think he should have gotten it closer to the end zone on that one. I think he’s been better this camp. Directionally, he still needs to work on going to his left.”
Vedvik is a native of Norway. Perla laughed about how he is now a member of the Vikings.
“That’s a pretty need sideline to the whole story, isn’t it?” he said.
Vedvik played in college at Marshall. As a senior in 2017, he made 10 of 16 field goals and 41 of 42 extra points in his only season as the kicker. He was a punter his final two seasons, averaging 41.8 yards, including 44.0 as a senior.
Vedvik signed with Baltimore last year as an undrafted free agent and spent the season on the non-football injury list after he was assaulted. He suffered a contusion on the back of his head as well as significant facial injuries, including to his teeth and mouth.