Vikings cut Kaare Vedvik weeks after spending fifth-round pick on him

Eric HeYahoo Sports Contributor
The <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/minnesota/" data-ylk="slk:Vikings">Vikings</a> cut <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/31421/" data-ylk="slk:Kaare Vedvik">Kaare Vedvik</a> after he struggled mightily in the preseason (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
The Vikings cut Kaare Vedvik after he struggled mightily in the preseason (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Sometimes, things don’t work out. At least the Minnesota Vikings admitted it.

The Vikings waved kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik on Saturday, just weeks after trading a fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for him. Dan Bailey will serve as kicker and Matt Wile will be the punter.

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This move caps off a trade that backfired big time on the Vikings. Vedvik impressed with the Ravens, going 12 for 13 in preseason action. That was enough for the Vikings to dump a fifth-round selection for the Norwegian.

What happened?

But there just must be something in the water in Minnesota, because Vedvik stopped making field goals. He went 0 for 3 in two preseason appearances for the Vikings, missing from 43, 54 and 37 yards. One of his punts was also returned for a touchdown.

In short, he did not fare well.

Head coach Mike ZImmer told the Star Tribune that he was “at a loss” at Vedvik’s performance.

Still, the 25-year-old will likely get another chance considering there are many teams seeking kicking help. Considering his success in Baltimore — success that happened very recently — it is unlikely that Vedvik has lost the ability to kick.

Maybe the change of scenery flustered him a bit, and perhaps he will thrive if he settles in at another organization.

But the one loser in this scenario is definitely the Vikings, who took a gamble and lost heavily.

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