Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Bears, Packers and Jets had also expressed trade interest in K/P Kaare Vedvik before the Ravens agreed to send him to the Vikings for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
This fits with a report from Sunday that mentioned a few NFC North teams were among the teams that had contacted the Ravens about a deal for Vedvik.
Other reports linked the Jets to Vedvick, given the struggles of now-retired K Chandler Catanzaro. The Jets have since signed Taylor Bertolet to a contract.
The Bears are clearly keeping their eyes on all available options at the kicker position while they try to sort things out for the 2019 season and some reports mentioned that they were considered to be the favorites to acquire Vedvik.
It’s interesting to hear that the Packers were among the interested teams, given that they’ve had Mason Crosby in place as their kicker for so long. Although, Crosby is competing with Sam Ficken for the kicking job this summer, so it appears as though he’ll really have to earn his spot this summer.
Vedvik, 25, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall back in May of last year. He agreed to a three-year, $1.71 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $570,000 for the 2019 season.
The Ravens placed him on the non-football injury list last year with a head injury.
During his college career at Marshall, Vedvik converted 10 of 16 field goal attempts (62.5 percent) to go along with 41 of 42 extra point tries (97.6 percent) over the course of 26 games.