5 former Vikings who could return to the team in 2020

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Case Keenum
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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kai Forbath
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kai Forbath /

Kai Forbath – K

The Vikings are once again in the market for a kicker. They’d love to bring back “Diamond” Dan Bailey, as he finally lived up to the high expectations Minnesota had for him when they signed him in 2018 after the Daniel Carlson debacle.

Bailey came in that first year and hit a measly 75 percent of his field goals. The Vikings surprisingly re-signed him during the 2019 offseason, but it was for a very minimal deal.

Maybe that was the way to go as Bailey improved his field-goal accuracy to 93.1 percent last season. He still missed the occasional extra point, but he was much improved compared to his first year with Minnesota.

Bailey was great for the Vikings last year, but he might have kicked himself out of the team’s price range to bring him back for 2020. If a team with a need at kicker and more room under the cap offers Bailey a contract that Minnesota can’t match, he’s probably gone. If that does end up happening, the Vikings could look to their old friend in Kai Forbath.

Forbath kicked for Minnesota from 2016 to 2017 and during this time he displayed a strong, accurate leg and he also made some clutch kicks.

He was let go in 2018 when the team used a fifth-round draft pick on Carlson and since then has been kind of an emergency fill-in for a handful of teams.

The positive about signing Forbath is that he’d be dirt cheap. The downside is that he could still be harboring hard feelings about the Vikings letting him go for an unproven rookie and he might not want to return to the Twin Cities.