New Vikings kicker Kai Forbath said Wednesday that he will “hopefully be here for a long time.” But his contract gives him no such assurances.
Forbath signed a two-year deal worth up to $1.1 million, according to a league source. But the contract includes no guaranteed money.
So if Forbath, who has an 84.1 career field-goal percentage, falters, the Vikings can move on from Forbath with no penalty this season or next.
The Vikings, of course, are hoping Forbath can re-stabilize a position that they hadn’t really had to worry about before Blair Walsh’s meltdown. He is only the third kicker they have employed over the past decade.
Walsh’s four-year extension, the one he signed in 2015 that made him one of the NFL’s highest-paid kickers, included $5.25 million in guarantees.
Forbath will make $312,941 the rest of this season and $775,000 in 2017.