The former Minnesota Vikings kicker hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2017 when he was a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Each year around this time, Minnesota Vikings fans are unfortunately reminded of their team’s most infamous postseason collapses. Near the top of that list is the Vikings’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round of the 2015 playoffs.
During that matchup, it appeared as if Minnesota had a win locked up. But of course, that was until Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a go-ahead, 27-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Since that fateful afternoon, even bringing up Walsh’s name flips the anger switch immediately on for a number of Minnesota fans.
The kicker only appeared in nine more games for the Vikings after his playoff blunder and he was released by the team midway through the 2016 season. Walsh was then given another opportunity by the Seahawks and he spent 2017 as their starting kicker.
Seattle decided not to bring him back this past season and he ended up not making an NFL roster in 2018. Walsh was still given tryout opportunities last year, but none of them ever resulted in him landing a job with another team.
Fast forward to Friday, where he has been invited to workout for the Chicago Bears as they search for a new kicker. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Walsh is among a group of kickers meeting with the Bears on Friday that also includes Nick Folk and Austin MacGinnis.
Not really sure why Chicago is even giving the former Minnesota kicker a look since the Bears are coming off of a playoff loss that included a last-second, go-ahead field goal miss of their own.
But hey if the Bears want to convince themselves that they can fix Walsh’s kicking problems, good for them. The Vikings will gladly reap the benefits of their former kicker if he ends up picking up some of his old habits in a Chicago uniform next season.