Vikings release Kai Forbath

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The Vikings opened up several roster spots on Monday and brought an end to their kicking competition in the process.

The team announced that Kai Forbath has been released, which leaves fifth-round pick Daniel Carlson as the only kicker on the roster. Forbath joined the team in 2016 and made 47-of-53 field goals over 23 regular season outings, but missed a 41-yarder against the Jaguars on Saturday.

“That’s a kick I should make,” Forbath said, via the Pioneer Press. “It came off the foot good. It had good height and good distance. It just stayed down the hash. It happens.”

In addition to releasing Forbath, the Vikings also dropped four injured players from the roster. Sixth-round defensive end Ade Aruna is headed to injured reserve after being carted off against the Jaguars while tackle Cedric Lang, tight end Josiah Price and fullback Johnny Stanton have been waived with injury designations.

 

30 responses to “Vikings release Kai Forbath

  1. Thanks Kai for a couple of good years, but good isn’t good enough with the world class Vikings…we are always improving and have just done so at the kicking position.

  2. This was assured when they drafted a kicker last spring after he missed a bazillion extra points last year. Glad the Vikes released him with 2 pre-season games to go — he should be able to catch on with another team (hope he does).

  3. I remember when he got all butthurt for getting cut in Washington and proceeded to bash the team to several media outlets. Later Cobra Kai..

  4. I would argue Carlson won before the missed field goal by Forbath, it was that kickoff with that beautiful backspin that darn near got us the ball back; something I’ve never seen from Forbath. That with the 57 yarder to me was the end.

  5. The Vikings always have a dumpster fire type situation when it comes to kickers. Itll be hilarious when they lose games this season due to a poor kicker. Enjoy Vikings fans.

  6. Fans so this coming since draft day. At least they released him early maybe another team will pick him up.

  7. Really sucks about Aruna getting hurt. He wouldn’t have played this year anyways but he is another guy the vikes will develop into a top pass rusher in the next 3 years. Things will be looking real good for their pass rush for years to come after griffin retires.

  8. It’s always a risk to go with a rookie kicker because you don’t know how he’s going to react to pressure situations until he’s in one for real. Kai made some good pressure kicks last year but missing so many extra points over the last two years is just unacceptable. The Vikings have shown this offseason that they aren’t satisfied with how far they got last year and are willing to take some risks in hopes of a big payoff.

  9. kicker in round 5 was all you need to know. rick couldn’t eat a 5th rounder on a kicker and save face. Kai was cut on draft weekend.

  10. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    It’s always a risk to go with a rookie kicker because you don’t know how he’s going to react to pressure situations until he’s in one for real….. The Vikings have shown this offseason that they aren’t satisfied with how far they got last year and are willing to take some risks in hopes of a big payoff

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    You say risks, I say desperation. They just spent $90M guaranteed on a QB who is marginally better than Keenum. And their offensive line is in shambles. They can’t afford a single missed PAT, so are hoping the rookie will work out.

  11. Thanks Kai for stopping the bleeding for us and good luck in the future. I’m sure the Packa’s will be sniffing around at some point. They’ll probably recruit you to play defense.

  12. Like others have said it was the missed point afters that really cost him, I’m sure he’ll be signed up sooner rather than later though and I wish him well.

  13. Remember kids, kickers and punters don’t get counted as ‘real football players’ and ‘you can sign anyone off the street to kick or punt!’ until they screw up and it takes multiple lost games to find a reliable one. Ask the Chargers how much they’d liked to have had a consistent kicker last year. They’d have won 3 more games! Ask the Eagles about it after losing by 5 points to the Packers in the playoffs when David Akers missed 2 FGs. Ask the Ravens or the Vikings about missing chip shots in the playoffs or the Bills in the super bowl. Anyways, it always annoys me when people say ‘oh its easy to replace a kicker! they aren’t real football players anyway!’

  14. darkneptune73 says:
    August 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    The last time the Vikings chose a young guy over a veteran, the young guy eventually had a meltdown.

    That guy was Blair Walsh.
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    Sure, but Walsh didn’t have the meltdown until the very end of his fourth season. He was All Pro as a rookie and the guy he replaced never kicked in the NFL again. Are you suggesting the Vikings made a mistake by keeping Walsh that year, and by extension, they made a mistake by keeping a rookie over a veteran this year?

  15. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    darkneptune73 says:
    August 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    The last time the Vikings chose a young guy over a veteran, the young guy eventually had a meltdown.
    That guy was Blair Walsh.
    _________
    Sure, but Walsh didn’t have the meltdown until the very end of his fourth season. He was All Pro as a rookie and the guy he replaced never kicked in the NFL again. Are you suggesting the Vikings made a mistake by keeping Walsh that year, and by extension, they made a mistake by keeping a rookie over a veteran this year?
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    They made a mistake by giving him so many chances to correct himself during the 2016 season but he kept making the same mistake over and over again…. He should have been cut after he missed the kick in the 2015 divisional playoff game.

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