The Minnesota Vikings acquired kicker and punter Kaare Vedvik from Batlimore on Sunday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2020, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Just hours later, they informed long-time long snapper Kevin McDermott that he has been released.
More #Vikings special teams changes: They informed veteran long snapper Kevin McDermott they’re releasing him, per source. McDermott held the job for 4 years and earned contract extension, but they’ll go with draft pick Austin Cutting. Starting over under new STC Marwan Maalouf.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 11, 2019
Head coach Mike Zimmer pointed to the presence of two long snappers as an issue with kicker Dan Bailey’s accuracy during training camp practices.
“Honestly I really like Dan Bailey,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s a very professional, mature kid. We have been having some issues with the snap, hold, kick. Having two long snappers, that’s adding to it a little bit because the timing is different. The holding we are working on quite a bit. But I like Dan.”
It is unclear if Bailey will battle with Vedvick or if the newcomer will fight for the job as a punter or both. Schefter reported that Vedvik could be in line to serve as the Vikings’ kicker and punter.
Punter Matt Wile has been Minnesota’s primary holder for kicks but it’s clear there have been issues on the exchange. Wide receiver Adam Thielen got some work at holder earlier in training camp and wide receiver Chad Beebe was holding on Sunday.
“He’s been better this camp,” Zimmer said of Wile. “Directionally he still needs to work on going to his left but I think he’s done better this camp.”
It’s not often a team trades a fifth-round pick for a kicker, as the Vikings are doing today for former Ravens’ kicker Kaare Vedvik. Here’s a look back at other trades for kickers: pic.twitter.com/rGgejNmopQ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2019
Vedvik, who played college football at Marshall and was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2018, was in training camp with the Baltimore Ravens for the second consecutive year. His season came to an end last summer when he was assaulted in Baltimore just before rosters were set.
Bailey did not attempt a field goal in the Vikings’ first preseason game on Friday but did make all four of his extra-point attempts. Bailey, signed by the Vikings last September to replace struggling rookie Daniel Carlson, made 21 of 28 field-goal attempts and 30 of 31 extra-point attempts in 14 games with the Vikings. The 31-year-old has struggled at times during camp practices this summer.
Bailey, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with Dallas, is making $1 million this season. Wile, entering his second season with the Vikings, is due to make $645,000 in 2019.