Minnesota Vikings Release Struggling Kicker Blair Walsh
Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) reacts after missing a field goal attempt against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings released struggling kicker Blair Walsh on Tuesday afternoon following an inconsistent 2016 season.

Many Minnesota Vikings fans were calling for the release of Blair Walsh after he missed a chip-shot field goal to end the Vikings’ season after the 2016 NFC Wildcard game.

Walsh seemed to struggle since the NFL implemented the new rules for extra points, moving them back to the 15-yard line. Walsh had missed one extra point before the new rules were in place. Over the last two seasons, Walsh has missed a combined eight extra points.


He also missed 15 field goals in his four and a half year career with the Vikings, but none hurt more than the kick he missed last playoffs.

The Vikings are expected to sign former Saints and Redskins kicker Kai Forbath.

Forbath has similar numbers in his career, but with the Vikings on a four-game losing streak after a 5-0 start, Minnesota thinks it’s time for a change.

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