On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that they have traded kicker Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings. The trade was for an undisclosed draft pick.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baltimore will receive a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from Minnesota. Seems like a fair deal for both.
Ravens Shedding Players
Vedvik, a native of Norway, has been impressive during the preseason. Also, he was 12-of-13 on field goals in the preseason the past two years for Baltimore. This, after being signed as an undrafted kicker in 2018.
In Baltimore’s preseason-opener, Vedvik increased his value by making all four of his field goals. Including a 55-yarder, and had two punts over 50 yards.
Furthermore, With Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, on the team, the Ravens had the luxury of trading Vedvik. This, instead of keeping him shelved on the bench. An embarrassment of riches.
Vikings Upgrade Special Teams With Vedvik
Four teams recently inquired about Vedvik. The kicker had made about 90 percent of his kicks in this year’s training camp. However, missed a 33-yard field goal on Saturday.
The Ravens had planned on trading Vedvik last season, but he was assaulted in East Baltimore before the Ravens could deal him to another team. He was hospitalized last September after being found alone with multiple facial injuries. Vedvik, who had originally gone out with teammates that night, told the Ravens that he didn’t remember how he ended up at the location where he was found. The Ravens placed Vedvik on the non-football injury list, which began his yearlong comeback.
The Ravens have a solid history at the special teams position. Head coach John Harbaugh was a special teams coach before taking his current job. Three current kickers, the New Orleans Saints’ Wil Lutz, Carolina Panthers’ Graham Gano and Buffalo Bills’ Stephen Hauschka, all got their starts in Baltimore, while former special-teams coach Jerry Rosburg, who retired in June, had an eye for discovering kickers.