What’s next for Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath?

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Kai Forbath
(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Kai Forbath /

After the Minnesota Vikings drafted Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, what does this mean for Forbath’s future in the Twin Cities?

Some considered it a possibility, but it was still a surprise when the Minnesota Vikings used one of their fifth-round picks at the 2018 NFL Draft on Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson. This is the second time since 2012 that the Vikings have used a draft selection on a kicker (Blair Walsh being the other).

Minnesota clearly had a big interest in Carlson since they drafted him in the fifth round. A round where the Vikings also selected wide receiver Stefon Diggs back in 2015.

Prior to this year’s draft, Kai Forbath was the only kicker on Minnesota’s roster. He and the Vikings actually agreed to a new deal back in March.

But with Carlson now on the team’s roster too, Forbath’s time in Minnesota could be coming to a close. And he clearly knows this based on his reaction to the Vikings drafting a kicker this year.

Tomasson also reported that Forbath was very disappointed in Minnesota’s decision to select Carlson. As he should be, since his job for 2018 is now in jeopardy.

In 2017, Forbath made 32 of his 38 field goal attempts and 34 of his 39 extra point attempts. He has missed a total of eight extra point tries since joining the Vikings midway through the 2016 season.

Carlson never missed an extra point during his four years at Auburn. Although, those kicks were about 20 yards away and he will have to try and convert extra points in the NFL from 32 yards away.

Last season at Auburn, Carlson converted on six of his seven field goal attempts from distances between 30 to 39 yards.

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Forbath likely knew Minnesota was going to bring in another kicker to compete with him during training camp this summer. But the Vikings actually drafting a kicker this year should let Forbath know exactly how the team feels about him being on their roster in 2018.