Blair Walsh has had “a little bit of communication” about extension

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The Vikings got good immediate returns on their decision to draft kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round of the 2012 draft when Walsh went on to make the Pro Bowl after hitting on 35-of-38 field goals.

Walsh made all 10 of his tries from 50 yards or beyond that season and another good year in 2013 seemed to signal a long stay for Walsh in Minnesota. Things didn’t work out quite as well for Walsh last season, however. He only made 74.3% of his field goal tries and missed three kicks inside of 40 yards, which leads him to acknowledge the need to be “better” in 2015 even if he doesn’t think “wholesale changes” are necessary.

Walsh’s struggles haven’t stopped the team from opening up talks about an extension before Walsh’s contract is up at the conclusion of this season. Walsh said there’s been “a little bit of communication” about a deal he’d like to stay so he can remain in Minnesota.

“I would love to stay a Viking. This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker,” Walsh said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “But at the same time, I’ve had a Pro Bowl year here, I’ve had success and there’s been a lot of long attempts that we’ve made, so the numbers are going to have to be right for both of us. But when it comes down to it, I hope I can stay with the Vikings.”

It would be tempting to say that the Vikings’ move outside hurt Walsh’s accuracy last season, but only four of his nine misses came during Vikings home games and three of the road misses came at Ford Field. An extension now might come at a lower price than Walsh could command after a better 2015 season, but the security at a position that doesn’t usually come with a lot of it may be worth the trade.

17 responses to “Blair Walsh has had “a little bit of communication” about extension

  1. I don’t think its really Blair Walsh’s issues; I think it’s more on Jeff Locke. That guy can’t punt very well or hold very well on field goals.

  2. Agree with tjacks7, with Kluwe his rookie year, he was money, then came Locke, and his accuracy dipped. Hopefully Locke will grow into a good holder. Don’t think the Vikes have been too happy with Locke as a punter.

  3. I don’t think the holder is the problem as much as the long snapper. They signed another long snapper to compete with Loeffler but they didn’t sign another punter.

  4. Walsh should wait until the end of the season to maximize his value.

    He will be attempting A TONof field goals this year. Likely setting a franchise record for FG attempts.

  5. Last year was also the first year he kicked outdoors as a pro. He’ll be fine. Extend him.

  6. Teddy Buy Me A Bruschi says:
    May 21, 2015 2:55 PM
    Walsh should wait until the end of the season to maximize his value.

    He will be attempting A TONof field goals this year. Likely setting a franchise record for FG attempts.

    If he’s lucky, he might even get them all snapped from the 6 inch line like Madon Crosby. That raises a good point, will the packers carry an extra point specialist this year?

  7. It’s odd how much emphasis is placed on a kicker’s percentage. I get that you have to quantity their production, but there are many factors beyond kicking accuracy that may lead to a miss (snap, hold, weather, etc.).

  8. “If he’s lucky, he might even get them all snapped from the 6 inch line like Madon Crosby. That raises a good point, will the packers carry an extra point specialist this year?”
    ————

    I’ve seen you post this before. Crosby was 4th in number of attempts over 50+ in 2014, 1st in 2013 and 2nd in 2012.

    Maybe you should try again?

  9. The problem last year was two-fold, and those two folds were named “Locke” and “Loeffler.” Seriously…Locke is pretty bad holder and Loeffler was rated one of the worst (or perhaps THE worse) LS in the game last year. Walsh is a perfectionist and a guy that needs a consistent snap and hold to be consistent. He’s also classy, so he never pointed the finger at his fellow special teamers. That said, when Kluew left, his consistent holds left with him and that was when Walsh started to suffer. He’s a great kicker and we’d be wise to lock him up and replace our punter and snapper.

  10. The facts:

    Bad long snaps, often.
    Very poor holding, often.
    D Line let rusher block 1 and get close 4 times.
    Incredible bad weather performance at Redskins game IN SNOW.
    TB % incredible when allowed.
    Class pro who never points fingers.
    Underpaid (as all kickers are IMO) (What’s wrong with the agents???)

    Sign him with a meaningful amount of locked in money with incentives.

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