Minnesota has had a pretty eventful last 30 years when it comes to their experiences with kickers. For some reason, the Vikings thought it was a wonderful idea to make Paul Edinger their new kicker in 2005.
As a member of the Chicago Bears in 2003 and 2004, he missed a total of 19 field goal attempts. Despite his struggles, Minnesota still felt Edinger was the right man for the job and they signed him to a one-year deal.
The Vikings actually attempted to sign the kicker in 2003 when he was a restricted free agent. But the Bears matched Minnesota’s offer sheet to Edinger and he remained in Chicago for two more seasons.
Once he was eventually a part of the Vikings’ roster in 2005, he struggled to find any sort of success out on the field. With Minnesota, he missed nine of his 34 field goal attempts.
It’s pretty surprising that Edinger lasted the entire 2005 season with the Vikings when considering how much he failed at doing his job. But then again, Mike Tice was Minnesota’s coach that year, so nothing was ever too shocking with him leading the way.
In 2006, the Vikings actually made the right decision and decided not to re-sign Edinger.