Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath recently signed a deal to become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The last time kicker Kai Forbath was seen in a Minnesota Vikings uniform was during the team’s preseason matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars last August. Forbath was released by the Vikings shortly after this game and now he has joined the team that was standing on the other sideline that day.
After getting released by the Vikings in August, Forbath had remained unsigned until joining the Jaguars on Friday. The veteran kicker has also had opportunities to workout for the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers since departing Minnesota.
In a season and a half with the Vikings (23 games), Forbath made 32 of his 38 field goal attempts and 34 of his 39 extra point tries. Since the team decided they were better off without his services, Minnesota kickers have combined to miss 11 field goal and extra point attempts in 13 contests.
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During the Vikings’ miracle playoff win over the New Orleans Saints last season, Forbath kicked a 53-yard field goal to put Minnesota up by two points with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. He actually accounted for 11 of the Vikings’ final 29 points that day.
Some thought Forbath’s performance against the Saints earned him another year in Minnesota. But the Vikings made their intentions very clear during last April’s NFL Draft when they selected Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson in the fifth round.
After all the kicking issues the team has had since Forbath’s release, it’s not hard to understand why some still wish that Minnesota had stuck with the veteran kicker for the 2018 season.